Huskies Advance to Coy Cup Final with Win Over Terrace
The Coy Cup will be at Takhini Arena Saturday evening and the Whitehorse Huskies have a chance to lift it in front of their hometown fans.
Ted Stephens led the offensive charge for the Huskies, notching three goals and adding a pair of assists as they downed the Terrace River Kings 7-3 in the semi-final. Adam Henderson also has a big night, recording two goals and two helpers, while Kevin Petovello picked up a goal and three assists.
The Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead just over a minute into the game, when
Petovello buried the puck at the side of the net. Assists went to Stephens and Henderson. Then it was Jared Tuton with a nice feed in front to Stephens on the power play, increasing the lead to two, and the offence kept coming.
Adam Henderson ripped a low shot past Terrace goalie Jared Rathjen to make it 3-0, and then set up Evan Campbell with a tape-to-tape pass in front. Campbell made no mistake tapping it in, and the Huskies headed to the first intermission with a four-goal cushion.
There was a bit of pushing and shoving as both teams made their way off the ice, and the rough stuff continued through the second. The Huskies took back to back penalties midway through the second, and it cost them. With Evan Campbell in the box for hooking, the River Kings got on the board. Josh Murray made it 4-1.
But the Huskies would answer right back. Henderson restored the four-goal lead with his second of the game and fourth point. It was 5-1. With just under six minutes remaining, sStephens brought the crowd to their feet gain when he knocked in a rebound and sent his team to the dressing room up 6-1.
Terrace wouldn’t go down easy though, striking just 34 seconds into the period. Ben Reinbolt kept the comeback going when he beat JJ Gainsforth late in the third, but Stephens clinched the victory with a beauty deke on Terrace goalie Patrick Leal, giving the Huskies lucky number seven.
The crowd at Takhini Arena rose in appreciation as the seconds ticked off the clock and the Huskies posted a 7-3 victory, booking their ticket to the Coy Cup final Saturday night against the Kelowna Sparta.
It will be the sixth time this season Whitehorse and Kelowna have played each other. This time, there’s a title on the line. Puck drop is 7 pm.
(Photo credit: Stephen Anderson-Lindsay Photography)