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Huskies put Junior Canucks on the brink with thrilling overtime victory

first_img“Defence wins championships, period,” Alexander explained emphatically. “You can have the fanciest offence you want but if you can’t play in your own zone at this time of year then it’s all for nothing. We’ve struggled with it here and there especially with consistency in our own zone but these last two games it’s been great. That’s a big testament to some of the older guys especially on the back end.”Scoring for the Huskies were Blair Karasiuk and Josh Robinson.Game three goes tomorrow night in Dawson Creek at 8 p.m. “We just had to keep sticking to the game plan tonight,” he said. “Both goalies played great out there. It was a really nice night if you were a fan of goaltending. They made some great saves; they made some timely saves. That’s your prototypical playoff hockey game. It was hard work and it was a tight game.”The gradual momentum swing was evident in the game especially in the third period when the Canucks had minimal offensive production. Alexander added that was a byproduct of the Huskies continuing to push the tempo of the game and they were eventually rewarded for it.“As they game went on we got stronger and it definitely showed,” he stated. “We started to run away with the shots a bit there at the end. That’s a testament to the work. We just kept setting the table, setting the table, setting the table and then finally someone brought the dinner and we were able to capitalize on it.”There were times throughout the season where defensive lapses had hindered the Huskies but the past two games have been A+ efforts from the guys patrolling the blue line.Advertisement Win or lose the home town fans definitely got their money’s worth at the North Peace Arena Friday night. The Fort St. John Huskies and Dawson Creek Junior Canucks clashed for game two of their first round NWJHL playoff series and those in attendance were treated to a thrilling game as the Huskies came from behind to tie the game in the third period, before eventually winning the game early in overtime 2-1.Fort St. John struggled out of the gate with some sloppy play as they tried to find their skating legs. Dawson Creek made them pay as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead and also held a 6-1 advantage in shots at the time of the goal. Falling behind seemed to spark the Huskies as by the time the period ended they had closed the gap in shots to 9-7.The early stages of the second period was spent by both teams trying to get a read on one another, and as was the case in the opening period the Huskies began to apply more pressure as time went on. Canucks goalie Josh Round stood on his head to preserve the one goal lead and Dawson Creek held a slim margin in shots at 15-14.- Advertisement -Not wanting to go back on the road with the series tied the Huskies were finally able to break through. On a faceoff in Canucks territory after an icing call, Blair Karasiuk found the puck on his stick and wired it into the goal to tie the game. The third period was dominated by the Huskies as they limited Dawson Creek to only two shots on goal, however they were unable to get the go ahead goal.The go ahead goal would come however in the extra frame. A scramble in front of Round resulted in Huskies forward Josh Robinson having the puck with an open cage staring at him and he made no mistake 2:13 into overtime to put the Huskies up 2-0 in the best of five series.After the game assistant coach Todd Alexander said the play of both goalies in the game allowed the Huskies to stick with what they like to do on the ice, and he tipped his cap the tenders as they made stellar saves throughout the contest.Advertisementlast_img read more

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