The Fort St. John Huskies coaching staff wanted more effort from their players after going 0-2 to start the season.
It seems simple, but it turned out to be the right remedy, as the Huskies team that won back-to-back home games on Oct. 5 and 6 looked nothing like the team that lost 6-0 to the Sexsmith Vipers on Sept. 28.
“That loss to Sexsmith embarrassed the guys, I think, which isn’t a bad thing. It showed them what they needed to do and we looked like a different team out there this weekend,” said Huskies GM Jeremy Clothier.
The Huskies clawed back to beat the Fairview Flyers 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 5, then beat the Vipers 8-2 on Oct. 6. Fort St. John is now 2-2 on the season, fourth in the standings, just four points behind the 4-0 North Peace Navigators for first place.
The wins came at a perfect time, as the Huskies are off this weekend. They had two practices and a dry-land workout this week, and are hanging out as a team this weekend, but will be back to work before long.
Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 17, when the Huskies head back to Sexsmith, Fort St. John will play five games in 11 days.
Clothier said the team is getting a boost by the play of some of the new players. Dawson Phillips got his first NWJHL goal in the win over the Vipers, while Alex Nimmo is second on the team in scoring with six points, all assists.
“(Phillips) works so hard in practice and in the games. (Nimmo) has been a pleasant surprise. He reminds me of (former Huskies player) Josh Robinson, and would love for him to move into that spot,” said Clothier.
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