The Fort St. John Huskies have two important games this weekend with the Whitecourt Wolverines, as the B.C. team could pull itself to third in North West Junior Hockey League (NWJHL) standings with a pair of wins.
The Huskies are 3-2 after five games, while the Wolverines are 5-3 after eight games. If the Huskies can take both games in their weekend series in Whitecourt, they'll come out of it tied with the Wolverines for third in the league with three games in hand.
Two wins on the weekend would also put the Huskies with the strong Grande Prairie JDA Kings, who are 5-1 in six games so far this season.
The Peace River Navigators remain unbeaten atop the NWJHL standings with eight wins in eight games. That's going to be tough for the Huskies to beat, but a couple wins on the weekend could go a long way to doing so.
The Beaverlodge Blades, Sexsmith Vipers and Dawson Creek Junior Canucks are all struggling in the league's basement this season. The Blades are winless with seven straight losses to open the season, the Canucks have one win in six games and the Vipers are 2-5-0-1.
The Huskies sit dead in the middle of the seven-team league with a chance to move into the top bracket. However, a pair of losses on the weekend would only push the Wolverines securely above Fort St. John, so the Huskies will be looking to at least split the weekend and stay in reach of the standings' top half.
One player the Huskies will have to contend with against Whitecourt is forward Zachary Thompson, who has 14 points in eight games between six goals and eight assists. He sits sixth in NWJHL scoring in a list dominated by Navigators and Kings.
However, Fort St. John is represented in the league leaders, as Robbie Sidhu has 12 points in six games after adding a pair of assists in the drubbing of the Junior Canucks last weekend.
Huskies player Cody Hildebrand rounds out the league's top 20 scorers with eight points in just four games played.
In total, 14 of the 20 players leading the league in scoring are from either the Peace River Navigators or the Grande Prairie JDA Kings. Navigators forward Bond Hawryluk continues to lead the league with 21 points in just six games. That includes nine goals and 12 assists, meaning he averages 1.5 goals per game and two assists per game so far.