In what’s becoming a common occurrence week after week, the Fort St. John Huskies won both their games again last weekend — a 3-2 overtime win against the Fairview Flyers on November 28, and a 7-4 win over the Dawson Creek Canucks on November 30.
In fact, the Huskies have now won seven games in a row, and haven’t lost in regulation in their last 11 games (they are 10-0-1) in that time span). While on the surface it may seem like things couldn’t be better, the reality is the Huskies haven’t played their best for a full 60 minutes in two weeks.
The Canucks scored three of their four goals on November 30 in the third period, while the Flyers took a 2-0 lead in the first the game before. On November 23, the Huskies, who were up 3-1 on Sexsmith, let the Vipers get within one goal of Fort St. John (4-5) before pulling away.
“That’s just a testament to how good we’re playing, even if we’re on for just 35 or 40 minutes we’re able to really get after things and play at a high level,” said Huskies assistant coach Cam Weir.
“But, as we’ve seen, when we take our foot off the pedal, it’s apparent we’re not much superior than the other teams in the league.”
Either way, the Huskies continue to win and win convincingly. Next up for the Huskies (15-3-2) is a game in Grande Prairie against the Kings (6-11-2) on December 7 at 8 p.m.
Fill The Bus
The Huskies team and organization were busy off the ice last weekend as well, hosting the 22nd Annual Huskies Fill the Bus food drive for the Salvation Army on December 1.
The team had more than 100 volunteers help out, including players from the Bantam Trackers and Ross H. Maclean Peewee Flyers, as well as volunteers from various businesses around town.
“This is both a great way to thank the community for their support of the Huskies but also a good exposure to volunteerism for the players,” said Fill The Bus Organizer Allen Karasiuk.
“The community is very consistent in their generosity with donations each year, and it’s very heartwarming to see everyone help out.”
The Huskies donated a portion of the money raised from the game against Dawson Creek to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation for men's health, and Mighty Peace Brewery followed suit. In total, $1,060.75 was donated.
The team also held their first Teddy Bear Toss that game, picking up the tradition in the Flyers' absence. 94 teddy bears and stuffed animals were donated to the Salvation Army.
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