It was a tough start for the Huskies, as right off the bat Fort St. John found themselves killing a 5-on-3 penalty. Despite killing off that 5-on-3 and gaining some positive momentum, another Huskies penalty resulted in a Slave Lake power-play goal, as a point shot was tipped in front of the net, past goaltender Travis McLean.As the physical first period progressed, the Huskies showed their ability to bite back, as rookie Tyler Norris tipped in a point shot off the stick of Jordan Gies with only 1:15 left in the opening frame, evening the score at 1-1.The Huskies wasted no time taking command of Saturday’s game in the second, as captain Cody Hildebrand popped in a rebound created from a Robbie Sidhu wrap-around attempt, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.- Advertisement -Fort St. John continued to pour on the pressure, but was matched by a solid performance in net by Wolves goaltender, Cutris Malbeuf, who made some key saves to keep his team in the game.On the other side of the ice, McLean also showed he’s got some serious skill in between the pipes, making some very timely saves in the period, none bigger than 13 minutes into the second, where he made a huge blocker save on a Slave Lake breakaway, preserving the Huskies’ 2-1 lead.That lead was strengthened in the third as Rookie Jayton Wieler scored his second goal of the year, followed by sophomore Dylan Houle’s first of the year, giving the Huskies a 4-1 lead in the final frame.Advertisement Slave Lake did score one more goal in the third, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Huskies, as the game concluded with the Fort St. John earning their first home and regular season victory.Following the game, head coach Gary Alexander said despite the win, teams around the NWJHL haven’t seen the Huskies’ full potential.“We’re showing what we are working on. We definitely have more talent than what the kids are giving themselves to believe in. So we are going to be a force to be reckoned with in another half-a-dozen games.”The head coach also spoke about the strong effort of his goaltender, who made 34 saves for the team’s first win, many of them quality scoring chances.Advertisement “Travis had a hell of a game. It’s a good moral booster and we needed that out of him to get where we are going.”The Huskies will have one week off, then it’s back to business on Saturday, Oct 20, as the team will hit the road to play the Beaverlodge Blades, who currently sit tied for fourth in the standings at 2-2-0.SIDE NOTE: Following the game, a ring was discovered by a member of the Huskies organization in the women’s bathroom of the North Peace Arena. If you or someone you know has lost a ring please call Moose FM (250-787-7100), ask for Sean and describe it, to ensure it is returned to its rightful owner.
More importantly, a federal election will most certainly stall the economic recovery that our nation has just begun to experience. In fact, the markets and the Canadian dollar dropped immediately after Mr. Ignatieff held his press conference this week to announce he was determined to bring down our Conservative Government and prompt an election this fall. Michael Ignatieff just doesn’t get it. Canadians don’t want an election less than a year after the last one. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Cabinet and our MPs will not be distracted by Mr. Ignatieff’s call for an opportunistic election. We remain focussed on our number one priority: protecting Canada’s economy and continuing to implement stimulus measures that will secure hope and prosperity for Canadians. – Advertisement – The rate of federally-stimulated economic activity taking place throughout Canada the past few months is unprecedented. Federal investments in infrastructure and business are creating new jobs and long-term opportunities for growth all across the nation. The second reason Mr. Ignatieff wants to trigger an election now is that he’s trying to hang on to his majority in the Senate. He has been using the Liberals in the Senate to block important justice reforms passed by Canada’s duly-elected Members of Parliament. In the New Year, as more Senators retire, Mr. Ignatieff will lose his power to block the will of Canadians using the Red Chamber. However, what’s good news for the nation is not good news for Mr. Ignatieff’s political aspirations. He can’t afford to wait for another set of positive economic figures to be released. After our Conservative Government proved we are able to govern responsibly and with cooperation by becoming the longest-serving minority parliament in Canadian history, Canadians returned us to power last October with a strengthened mandate. No one in the REAL WORLD, certainly not in Prince George-Peace River wants another election campaign. Mr. Ignatieff is creating uncertainty and instability with just the threat of an election. If an actual election campaign were to take place, all federal legislative and economic business would virtually come to a halt for three months. That’s bad for the country at this fiscally-critical time and it’s bad for the pocketbooks of Canadians. MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Canadians Don’t Want Another Election” Thirdly, if he waits until 2010, Canadians may have even more reason to feel good about themselves and our country. History has demonstrated that voters are less likely to vote for change and against an incumbent government when feeling patriotic … and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics in February will undoubtedly inflame a greater sense of patriotism and excitement across the country. So why are the Ignatieff Liberals pushing an unwanted election on Canadians – a pointless exercise that will cost taxpayers $350-million? First, our Conservative Government’s Economic Action Plan is working! It’s no coincidence that the day before Mr. Ignatieff demanded an election, Statistics Canada released its figures demonstrating that Canada’s economy grew in June. This represents an important light at the end of the tunnel amidst this serious global recession. While our economy has suffered a blow, we have fared better than most nations thanks to our Government’s policies.