The Fort St. John Huskies began 2014 on the up and up, winning 6-1 against the Beaverlodge Blades Saturday night at the North Peace Arena.
"It's the first game after Christmas break so it was a little sloppy and the pace was a little bit slower than what we've been accustomed to seeing the last few months here that we've been building towards, but it was a good game to knock the rust off for lack of better words," said Todd Alexander, the Huskies assistant coach.
The Huskies wasted no time in getting down to business. Shane Rutherford put the first goal in the net, only a minute and half after the game had begun.
The next two goals came courtesy of Jordan Harder, putting one each in the first and second periods. Cayle Bell would put in the other goal for the second period, while Lien Miller-Jeannotte and Cole Callion would score one goal each in the third period. Callion scored with 53 seconds left in the game for good measure.
Late in the game, with just 41 seconds left, the Huskies let their guard down and Cody Anderson from the Beaverlodge Blades snuck one in.
"We were kind of playing down to the other team's short-handness and fell asleep there," said Alexander.
By the end of the game the Huskies had taken 40 shots on net, while the Beaverlodge Blades had taken 16 shots on net.
Three players from the Northeast B.C. & Yukon Midget Trackers - Nolan Lagace, Ricky Bateman and Brandon Howard - stepped up to fill in for some missing Huskies players.
Alexander was happy with what he saw from those players, noting they played well.
"They got some positional things and some system things that they're not quite used to but they played two hockey games this weekend and this one was their second hockey game tonight even," he said. "I thought they had probably the most energy on our bench anyways."
Now the Huskies are gearing up for next weekend where they are taking on the Peace River Navigators in a double-header weekend at home, a team they sit just two points behind in the standings right now and have struggled against this season.
However, Alexander knows what the Navigators strengths are and what the Huskies need to do about it.
"I think they play their position really well they are very well-coached, they like to clog up the neutral zone and take advantage of turnovers in that area, so we got to do a better job of passing against them and we have to be a little bit more disciplined," he said. "We've allowed a lot of power plays in the games that we've played against them as well."
The next game for the Huskies is on Jan. 11 against the Navigators at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is 8 p.m. The next day on Jan. 12 there will be another game at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is 1:30 p.m.
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