Huskies hyped for home opener

The Fort St. John Huskies will look to build on a little bit of momentum when they return home Saturday, Oct. 8 for their home opener of the North West Junior Hockey League season, fresh off a 6-1 win over the Fairview Flyers.

With the young roster continuing to take shape, assistant coach Todd Alexander added a few veterans have found a way to guide the team through the early parts of the season, like captain Jarod Lang.

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“A couple of our 19- and 20-year-olds that we do have in the lineup are definitely standing out in that category,” he said.

“Our captain does a good job, he’s a quiet guy in regular life, but you get a uniform and a pair of skates on him and his competitiveness takes over. He wants to win. He talks to the boys on the bench quiet a bit.”

The pups will finally return to the North Peace Arena for their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 8, with a rematch of game one against the Sexsmith Vipers.

Alexander hopes his young squad learned a valuable lesson about the importance of physical play in their season opener when they travelled to Sexsmith and lost 2-1 to the Vipers.

“They did a really good job at playing physical against us. We couldn’t get our physical game going right off the hop,” he said.

“We were real tentative and it took us a while to get into that game. We got 38 shots that night but (their goalie) saw the balk of them. We didn’t do a good job at going to the net. Everybody wanted to be the high guy to take the shot or if we did take the shot we’d wait around to see where the puck went instead of going to the net.”

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