Well that was a tough way to end what was a pretty good weekend for the Huskies. Friday night they clinched second overall so the games yesterday and today against Whitecourt were meaningless in the standings but not for the players and coaches. They were all looking forward to this weekends matchup as a great tune up for the Playoffs. The Huskies played very well last night controlling play for the better part of the first two periods but once again against Whitecourt they were unable to bury their chances while the Wolverines managed 4 scoring chances and scored on 3 of them. No blame at all on any of the goals to Zach Blain who was very good in net all weekend. In fact, I will say that Blain played like one of the top two or three goalies in this league over the weekend. Maybe only Ryan Demharter was playing better than Zach but unfortunately Demharter plays for the Wolverines. Whitecourt ended up winning a 5 - 1 decision in a game that could and should have been closer. The Huskies just can't seem to find a way to put away their scoring chances against Whtiecourt. Today it was a different story as the Huskies dominated the majority of the first two periods. They had several chances that they didn't convert but Cody Kalb and Dan Pappin got the Huskies going and Steve Fast added a goal on a deflection of a Jon Spence point shot and heading into the third the pups were up 3 - 1. Whitecourt had a lot of jump in the third, came out flying and really took it to the Huskies. Wolverines D man Darcy Charrois scored a beauty, the Hore brothers combined in overtime and Whitecourt escaped the NPA with the 4 - 3 victory. Again I thought Blain played well. Spence and Wongstedt were massive all weekend and the top line played great and maybe deserved more points than they got. But at the end of the day the Huskies had a 3 point weekend rather than the 6 that they wanted.
They now roll into the playoffs to take on Slave Lake. Game 1 goes Friday at the NPA and game 2 will be Sunday afternoon live from Slave Lake on Moose FM. I will let you know the game time as soon as I get that info. Kole Norris should return to the lineup and what a welcome addition he will be and you wonder what a difference he might have made this weekend against Whitecourt. Hopefully we see some of Jordan Shipton in the playoffs as well.
I had a lot of fun doing colour for Dave Dawson broadcasting the games back to Whitecourt and tried my best to be unbiased and fair. Hopefully it worked. My honest opinion was that the Huskies maybe outplayed the Wolverines on the whole in both games but didn't score enough of their chances where Whitecourt was more clinical in their finishing.
The game was delayed by a bench door malfunction that saw Dan Pappin, in his full gear, do some cutting or welding, I am not too sure what he was doing down there, and the door eventually got fixed.
The league was left looking a little foolish after last nights all important playoff seeding determining game between Dawson and Peace was never played because no officials were scheduled to work the game. That's embarrassing. The game will now go tomorrow night from what we understand. So I will get to go watch. Looks like things worked out ok for me.