For the first time the season, in their second matchup so far, the Fort St. John Huskies beat the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks at home, 6-5, on Friday, October 18.
It wasn’t easy — the Canucks came back to tie the game twice, down 2-0 and 5-3 — but the Huskies won 6-5 on a big breakaway goal in overtime from leading scorer Gary Loewen.
The win was big, not only because it was against the first-place Canucks, but also because it came in the Huskies Stick it to Cancer charity fundraiser game in front of 498 fans, the biggest crowd of the season. The fans combined to raise $1,336.85, which was donated to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, and $226.65 from a raffle which was donated to Adaura Cayford and her family.
“Tonight was awesome and I feel honoured. It’s good to raise money for local people like Adaura. It’s a tough deal but I felt great about how many people showed up to support her and that’s what this whole thing is about,” said Huskies Captain Jeridyn Loewen.
It was also the Huskies’ first win on a Friday, as they had dropped the first game of every weekend so far. Unfortunately, the team lost a close one the next night in Peace River, 5-3.
The Huskies were bumped down to third in the league after the weekend — two points behind the Canucks and one point behind the Fairview Flyers. They’ll get their chance to overtake Fairview in the standings this weekend when the Flyers come to town on Saturday, October 26 at 8 p.m.
The Huskies lost 3-2 in overtime the first time they played Fairview this year. Fortunately, the Huskies are also hosting the County of Grande Prairie Kings on Friday, October 25, who they’ve beaten three times. The team would like nothing more than to come away from the weekend with four points earned at home.
“We’re taking it one game at a time, but everyone’s starting to chip in an do their part and we’re ready to string a couple wins together,” said Huskies Assistant Coach Mike van Nostrand.
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