Fort St. John Huskies sweep exhibition series ahead of season opener

The first Fort St. John Huskies games of the season couldn’t have gone any better for the defending two-time NWJHL champions. Sure, they were exhibition games, but the Huskies looked like their old selves in a pair of wins against the Cold Lake Junior B Ice on September 14 and 15.

In the first period of the first game, the Huskies were tentative, and looked like they were playing their first pre-season game. That quickly changed in the second, as the Huskies scored four goals and went on to win 5-1. The team followed that up with a 4-2 win in the second game.

“I thought we looked great. I’m really pleased with what we showed out there against a pretty good hockey club,” said Head Coach Todd Alexander. “The guys were focused on doing what we need to do and implementing the things we’ve been talking about. I’m real excited to start the season next week and am expecting a strong start from the guys.”

The Huskies begin the regular season this Friday, September 20, in Grande Prairie against the Kings. It’s the only game of the weekend for the team.

“This week I’ll be looking to see that we’re locked in on the things we’ve been talking about, and aren’t worrying about the other team. I have a good experienced group so I’m expecting that to show through,” Alexander said.

Though he didn’t name a starting goalie for the season-opener, both Jacob Romanowski and newcomer Tyler McArthur played good, with Romanowski playing solid in the 5-1 win, allowing just one goal on 20 shots.

“Both guys played great. They didn’t face a lot of shots, but they handled what they faced. (Romanowski) handled the puck real well and was great sliding side to side,” Alexander said. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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