I am starting to wonder what is wrong with the Hockey gods. Or maybe, more specifically, what did the Huskies do to piss them off? The Peace River Navigators now lead this best of 7 series 3 games to 2 after another OT victory. The difference this time was they actually won IN Fort St John which is rare for any team this season. The Huskies trail in the series despite arguably being the better team in every game and certainly in 4 of the 5. Unfortunately for the pups Hockey games are won by the team that scores the most goals not necessarily the team that dominates.
The Huskies hit the post or cross bar at least 3 times and were robbed another half dozen thanks to Bretton Stewart who played well for pretty much the first time all year at the NPA. Dan Pappin, who had 4 goals in game 4, couldn't buy a goal and was particularly snake bitten by the goalie's best friend.
It was the second line that saved the day with less than 30 seconds left in the third and the Huskies trailing by a goal. Kole Norris found the puck on his stick as the Huskies were buzzing around the offensive zone with goalie Zack Blain on the bench for the extra attacker. And Norris made no mistake with time and the puck on his stick the kid is deadly and he rifled a wrister up under the bar to send the game to overtime.
Just as in game 3 in Peace River the Huskies should have won this game several times in OT but the finishing just wasn't there. It wasn't there all night. Chance after chance went by the board and all the lucky bounces that went the Huskies way in game 4 went the other way. Bretton Stewart continued to play well as did Huskies goalie Zack Blain at the other end. He was making the few saves he was asked to make as he would go several minutes at a time without seeing any action.
Then disaster struck as the Navs fired a slapshot on the rush from the face off circle that beat Blain five hole. Blain was understandably distraught after the game and the rest of the team seemed stunned. Now the Huskies backs are against the wall as they head to Peace River for game 6 tonight. We will have the game live on the all new Moose starting at 6:45 local time.
Can the Huskies bounce back? Can Zack Blain shake off one bad goal and continue to play well? Will the Huskies top line dominate the way the did in game 4 or be a little invisible as they were last night? There are a lot of questions but not a lot of answers until the two old rivals hit the ice tonight.