The Fort St. John Huskies lost to the County of Grande Prairie Kings last night for the first time all season, 3-2. The Huskies had won seven games heading into the matchup, and had beaten the Kings 11-3 in the last game between the two clubs on October 25, but Saturday night was a different story.
The Huskies still outshot their opponent, but narrowly, 29-17, and after falling behind 2-1 to the Kings in the first period, were never able to regroup and tie the game.
The Huskies will need to shake it off quickly as they have a busy stretch ahead of them. They host the last-place Sexsmith Vipers on Thursday, December 12, before heading to Peace River for two games, December 14 and 15. The Navigators, who went 2-0 in games against Dawson Creek this weekend, are now just one point behind the Huskies for first place, but have played two more games.
Fort St. John Huskies at County of Grande Prairie Kings
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 8:00 p.m., Clairmont County Sportsplex
Scoring — Grande Prairie, Corbin Doram (Darby Berg, Tanner Davy) powerplay, 3:04; Grande Prairie, Keaton Mercredi (unassisted) 14:31; Fort St. John, Gary Loewen (Alex Nimmo, Jared Loewen) 16:30.
Penalties — Fort St. John, Cooper Wilms (cross checking, 2 min.) 0:23; Fort St. John, Dean Whitcomb (tripping, 2 min.) 2:53; Grande Prairie, Brayden Bauman (tripping, 2 min.) 6:15; Grande Prairie, Darby Berg (high sticking, 2 min.) 19:34.
Scoring — Grande Prairie, Corbin Doram (Darby Berg, Jeremy Niven) 17:03.
Penalties — Fort St. John, Aiden Tegart (slashing, 2 min.) 7:41; Fort St. John, Jared Winkel (misconduct, 10 min.) 7:41; Fort St. John, Logan Kimmie (holding, 2 min.) 11:24; Grande Prairie, Justin Rudyk (roughing, 2 min.) 11:24; Fort St. John, Oscar Burgess (interference, 2 min.) 11:58.
Scoring — Fort St. John, Brady Marzocco (Nick Loewen, Jared Loewen) 15:45.
Penalties — Fort St. John, Connor Kindrat (boarding, 2 min.) 6:20; Grande Prairie, Brent Headon (slashing, 2 min.) 10:55.
Powerplay — Fort St. John (0/3); Grande Prairie (1/6)
Goal (saves/shots) — Fort St. John, Tyler McArthur (14/17); Grande Prairie, Wyatt Fournier (27/29)
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