The Fort St. John Huskies opened their 2022-23 season the same way they ended the last, with a win.
Forwards Justin Brownlee, Kurtis Lee and newcomer Ashton Underhill each had two-point nights and goalie Jackson Powers turned aside every shot faced as the Huskies shut out the Dawson Creek Kodiaks 4-0 Thursday night.
“It’s always nice to get the first one out of the way. Start on top. Got to keep pushing from here,” said Powers.
“He was solid. Not a lot of extra movement out of him tonight,” said head coach Todd Alexander of his 19-year-old, 6’4” netminder.
“Super square to the puck. Hands were up. Played big. Big kid. Used his size real well. A lot of coaching goes into that. Travis (MacLean) has been working with him real hard for the last three years.”
This game, the only one on the schedule Thursday night.
Peace River and Sexsmith open their seasons against each other Friday.
Grande Prairie and newest entry, La Crete, do the same Saturday.
Fairview also starts its schedule at home Saturday against Dawson Creek as does Beaverlodge with Peace River.
Fort St. John’s next game is Sunday afternoon on the road in Beaverlodge.
Huskies: Kurtis Lee (Ashton Underhill) 13:01
Huskies: Brandon Modde (Kurtis Lee, Ashton Underhill) 17:03 PP
Huskies: Colby Busche (Justin Brownlee) 16:29
Huskies: Justin Brownlee (Tanner McCracken) 18:33