Huskies Drop 7-6 Decision to River Kings

The Huskies drive the Terrace net

Despite a frantic comeback attempt late in the third, the Nuway Crushing Whitehorse Huskies fell to the Terrace River Kings 7-6 in their second game of the Coy Cup tournament.

Ted Stephens recorded two goals and two assists for the Huskies and was named the game’s second star. The line of Stephens, Derek Klassen and Kevin Petovello combined for a total 10 points on the night.

The Huskies would strike first early in the opening frame, as Petovello snapped home the rebound off of a shot from Stephens. Klassen also picked up an assist on the play. 

With Whitehorse down a man, the River Kings knotted the score at one on a goal from Steve Cullis. Huskies goaltender JJ Gainsforth turned aside a shot right on his doorstep to keep the game tied, and on the ensuing rush, Stephens put the Huskies back in front. Klassen and Petovello had the helpers as Whitehorse headed to the dressing room up 2-1.

Terrace scored three unanswered goals in the second, including a pair from Luke Gordon. The Huskies found themselves down 4-2 after 40 minutes.

Klassen brought the hometown crowd back to their feet with his third point of the night less than two minutes into the third. But just moments later, Colten Braid capitalized on a breakaway to restore Terrace’s two-goal-lead.

The back-and-forth offence continued, as Ben Reinboldt made it 6-3 River Kings before Stephens walked in and sniped one, unassisted, narrowing the Terrace lead to two. Down 7-4 with five minutes remaining, the Huskies put all kinds of pressure on River Kings netminder Patrick Leal. 

Evan Campbell and Adam Henderson made it a nail-biter with their back to back goals, and Gainsforth headed to the bench for the extra attacker. The Huskies fired a flurry of shots at Leal right up until the final buzzer, but Terrace was able to hold on for the win.

The Huskies record now sits at 1-1, as they get set to battle the Kelowna Sparta (2-0) tomorrow night at Takhini Arena. Puck drop is 7 pm. Thursday’s other matchup features the Terrace River Kings (1-1) versus North Island Capitals (0-2). The Capitals need a win to stay in the tournament.

(Photo credit: Stephen Anderson-Lindsay Photography