Huge win last night for the Huskies. Huge. At times it wasn't pretty and their penalty killing was not good but they got the two points and that was all that mattered.
The first period was all Huskies. Peace River barely mustered a scoring chance of note while the Huskies sent wave after wave of attack into Bretton Stewart's zone and before the Navigator's goalie knew what had hit him the score was 3 nothing Huskies after one. Luke McInerney opened the scoring when his own rebound bounced over some sticks and right back to Luke in the slot and he put it home. Then Jason Arnouse made it two nothing after a good long shift of offensive pressure from the Kalb, Pappin and Apsassin line. After what seemed like about a minute and a half of play in the Nav's zone Apsassin changed on the fly, Arny came over the boards and almost immediately fired a shot home. Jon Spence made it three zip on the power play before the end of the period.
The second period was the strangest period of hockey I can remember. The Huskies dominated play, controlled the puck in their offensive zone for long stretches at a time and played as physical a period as maybe they have played all year. They also lost the period on the scoreboard 3 to 2. There were 3 powerplay markers for Peace River and 2 pp goals for the Huskies in that second period and when Cam McKinnon made it 4 zip that was the end for Stewart in the Nav's goal. Tavis Clark came in and made some outstanding saves to keep the game close. Luke McInerney scored again for the Huskies but three goals by the Nav's against the run of play made the score 5 to 3 after 2 periods of play. The Huskies should have been way out in front. They hit the post, missed two or three open nets when pucks were bouncing over sticks and Clark made 3 outstanding saves, all of which happened in the second period.
In the third the Huskies played some solid D and when the Nav's took a bench minor for arguing what seemed to be a good tripping call the Huskies were able to score on the ensuing 5 on 3 thanks to Cody Kalb. The Huskies killed 7 minutes of Nav's power play advantage in the third to secure the 6 - 3 victory. Payden Wongstest got kicked out of the game for a shot to the head which Jon thought should have just been a 4 minute penalty, Payden agreed with Jon, I thought it was simply a 2 minute minor for roughing. Gerry Young, who is a gifted hockey player, laid on the NPA ice for about 3 or 4 minutes milking it a little before hopping up and playing significant time on the ensuing power play. I have to say in my opinion he conned the ref into kicking out Wongstedt and you hate to see guys pretending to be hurt.
This was a huge win for the Huskies who not sit 1 point clear of the Junior Canucks for second in the league with the Huskies having two games in hand. The pups are also 6 points up on the Navigators now with Peace River having one game in hand. The Huskies take on Beaverlodge today at the NPA and the puck drops at 2 pm. Aaron Dumas leads the way for Beaverlodge and he may be the most offensively gifted player in the entire league. Definitely worth the price of admission.