Fort St. John Huskies head into NWJHL showcase alone in first place

For the second straight weekend, the Fort St. John Huskies sit atop the NWJHL standings. After taking three of a possible four points from the weekend, they find themselves alone in first place, one point ahead of the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.

Those are the same Canucks the Huskies dispatched of 6-2 on the road on Friday, November 1. It was a dominant win, and the best game of goalie Tyler McArthur’s young Huskies career, stopping 32 of 34 shots faced.

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“McArthur had a great weekend for us, allowing just two goals a game over the weekend for us. He played so well on Friday we decided to put him out there the next night, which we don’t normally do,” Coach Todd Alexander said.

Unfortunately. McArthur and the Huskies were on the losing side of things on Saturday, November 2, in Fairview against the Flyers, 2-1 in overtime.

The Huskies will have a chance for revenge this weekend when they take on the Flyers for a fourth time this season at the second annual NWJHL Showcase at the Crosslink County Sportsplex in Grande Prairie.

The Huskies will play the Sexsmith Vipers on Saturday, November 9, at 4 p.m., and the Flyers on Sunday, November 10, at 1 p.m. The showcase is designed to give NWJHL players a chance to show their skills to college and junior coaches and scouts, all under one roof.

To kick off the showcase, the league will host an all-star game. The Huskies are using it as an opportunity to give some of their younger players a chance to play and hopefully increase their chances at moving on to a higher level of hockey.

Representing the Huskies will be rookies McArthur, Connor Kindrat, Nick Loewen, and second-year players Jared Winkel, Oscar Burgess, and Alex Nimmo.

“We’re vieweing this game as an opportunity to show off some of our younger up-and-coming players instead of our main guys,” Alexander said.

The All-Star Game starts at 8 p.m. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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