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Huskies split back to back meetings with Navigators to finish regular season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN B.C. – The question heading into this weekend for the Fort St. John Huskies was how did the team stack up against the NWJHL’s best with the playoffs just around the corner. Playing much improved hockey since the new year the Huskies got their answer as they salvaged a split of two games with the North Peace Navigators.The Huskies fell in the first game on Saturday by a score of 5-1. While the score may appear lopsided it was not an accurate representation of the contest played out.“The turning point was a stupid penalty in the second period,” Huskies assistant coach Todd Alexander said. “They went up 3-1 and we kind of sunk back a bit and didn’t have the same energy after that point. It’s not like we played a bad game. I thought we played a pretty good game but that was the turning point right there.”- Advertisement -Yesterday things went more the Huskies way as they came out with a 5-3 win. Aside from a sloppy start to the second period where the Navigators scored twice to erase a two goal deficit, Fort St. John again put forth a strong game and showed they can be contenders heading into the playoffs according to Alexander.“We can play with anybody in the league. That’s a really good hockey team over there; they’ve proved it all year long. That was a big game for them. That was first place on the line and we took that away from them. Going forward that’s big for our confidence because we needed to get a win like that to prove that we can play against a top tier team in this league,” he said.Playing two games in less than 24 hours the Huskies gave goaltender Brody Nelson a rest in favour of Logan Edwards. Edwards repaid the coaches faith with a number of big stops throughout on the way to a 38 save performance.Advertisement “We’ve talked about time and time again where Logan has had his ups and had his downs but tonight Logan was on. It’s been a testament to the work he’s put in. Since Brody’s been here he hasn’t had as many games as he was accustomed to at the start of the year but the kid doesn’t complain. He puts extra time in all the time and he’s first at the rink. It looked good on him to go get that win,” Alexander said.Scoring in Saturday’s game was Josh Robinson.Finding the back of the net in Sunday’s tilt for the Huskies were Jordan Harder (2), Cayle Bell, Ryan McDonald, and Kody Disher.Next for the team is the start of round one of the NWJHL playoffs against the Sexsmith Vipers. Dates for the series have not been finalized at this point, however it is expected game one will go down Thursday night at the North Peace Arena at 8 p.m.Advertisementlast_img

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