Penalty kill killing Huskies

first_imgFor the second time in as many nights the Fort St. John Huskies found themselves putting an L in the win/loss column of their schedule, and as was the case Friday night against Sexsmith penalty killing was a big reason why. After allowing three power play goals to the Vipers, the Huskies allowed another three power play goals, this time to the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings, a game the Huskies lost 6-4.After the game assistant coach Todd Alexander was blunt in his assessment of the team’s penalty killing, saying changes need to be made in a hurry.“Obviously we’ll have a look at that and see what we can do better there. We’ve got to make a change. We’ve got to make an adjustment. Coaching staff has got to do a better job of getting us ready for the penalty kill. Something’s got to change. That’s just something that’s unacceptable,” he said.- Advertisement -Through the late stages of the second period until the end of the third, it seemed like two entirely different games were being played. The Huskies appeared passive and unsure of their decisions in the first portion of the game, but in the second the team did a great job of controlling the tempo, and made it seem as though a comeback was a very real possibility.“You look at the last 26 minutes of the hockey game, we were losing 5-1, and we lose the game 6-4. Our veteran players got to be ready to play, they’ve got to get the other guys up ready to play. When we’re playing our game and playing hard, not worrying about the things we can’t control, we’re a tough team to play against. We didn’t have that for the first 34 minutes. We played a great 26 minutes and won 3-1,” Alexander said.Fort St. John actually got out to an early lead in the tilt with Kody Disher scoring before the game was three minutes old, but the team was unable to do anything productive to build on the advantage.Advertisement “I thought after we got the first one usually we get rolling after that but we just sat back and watched the game and let the game come to us. You can’t do that. These guys have got too good of forwards and they made us pay,” Alexander admitted.Scoring for the Huskies were Kody Disher, Cayle Bell, Jacob Lang, and Jared Barilla.The next game for the Huskies is scheduled for Friday night at home against the Beaverlodge Blades at 8 p.m.last_img read more