Fort St. John Huskies battle through rust to sweep two-game home-stand

The Fort St. John Huskies ended 2019 on a winning streak, and began 2020 with one as well, winning both games last weekend to resume the regular season. They beat the County of Grande Prairie Kings 6-4 on Friday, January 3 at home, before beating the Sexsmith Vipers 2-1 on January 4 at the North Peace Arena as well.

The Huskies have now won six games in a row. The last time they played the Kings prior to Friday, the Huskies lost 3-2, snapping their then-seven-game winning streak. Fort St. John hasn’t lost since.

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However, the Huskies, playing the two worst teams in the league, did look a little shakier than normal, which is to be expected coming off a two-week break.

“We definitely needed a game to shake the rust off. Having a break is good, but you lose your mental focus so it takes a bit to get back to our system, and I’m pleased with how we played,” said Huskies captain Jeridyn Loewen.

The Huskies worked hard and moved their feet all game against the Kings, but found themselves out of position more than usual, allowing the Kings to stay in the game.

“We weren’t very sharp with our layers and positions, and didn’t execute our plays as sharply as we normally do, but we expected that,” said Huskies Coach Todd Alexander.

The Huskies were much better against the Vipers, but ran into a hot goalie, scoring just two goals on 58 shots.

Goalie Tyler McArthur played both games again on the weekend. McArthur has been carrying the load for the team since Braedyn Funke suffered a hand injury at the beginning of December. The team is expecting to hear an answer this week regarding the timetable for Funke’s return.

The Huskies will welcome the North Peace Navigators for a game on Saturday, January 11. The Navs won both of their games as well to stay seven points behind the Huskies for first place. 

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