The Fort St. John Huskies will try to beat the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks and stick it to cancer on the same night this weekend, Friday, October 19. The game, which starts at 8 p.m. at the North Peace Arena, will be the Huskies annual breast cancer awareness game, now called Huskies Stick It To Cancer.
The Huskies have played the Canucks once this season, a 3-1 loss. Dawson Creek (6-2) is currently in first place with 12 points, while the Huskies (4-2-1) are in third place with nine points. A win against the Canucks would go along way in eliminating Fort St. John's early season struggles. The Huskies have lost the first game of their last three weekends, so a win heading into Peace River to paly the Navigators on Saturday, October 19 would be encouraging as well.
The Huskies have struggled with both injuries and goaltending to start the season. Forwards Alex Nimmo and Brady Marzocco are two key offensive pieces for Fort St. John who have missed most of the season so far. Still, the Huskies aren't making excuses for their up and down play.
"We're playing short handed but we still have enough good players and everyone in there knows what we’re doing, and we don’t use that excuse, it just might be different. We have to use different strengths from players, and change thigs up as a staff," said Huskies Head Coach Todd Alexander.
"We haven’t got the best goaltending performance out of both of our guys yet either, still waiting for that to kick in, but that’s on me as a coach too and I take full responsibility. Overall, I like where we’re at and the guys hare keeping a positive attitude."
The Canucks have the league's leading scorer in Dustin Bahm. His 13 points lead the NWJHL. Jared Loewen and Gary Loewen lead the Huskies in scoring with 10 points each.
As part of Huskies Stick It To Cancer, the team will be wearing their special edition pink jerseys, and are asking fans to wear pink as well. Raffles and fund raising opportunities will be held at the game. A portion of the money raised will be donated to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.
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