Huskies Improve to 7-1 Heading into Coy Cup

The Nuway Crushing Whitehorse Huskies will enter the Coy Cup on a roll, after sweeping their weekend rematch with the Kelowna Sparta by scores of 5-3 and 4-2.

The line of Kevin Petovello, Ted Stephens and Derek Klassen combined for 12 points, while Jon Olthuis backstopped the Huskies to both victories.

Puck drop for Saturday’s game was delayed approximately half an hour, due to the city-wide power outage which impacted Takhini Arena. Both teams came out of the gate a bit slow, with the Huskies taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Petovello in the first. Assists went to Klassen and Stephens.

Klassen buried a power play goal midway through the second to put the Huskies up 2-0, assisted by Petovello and Stephens. Kelowna would get within one, as Layne Stopanski slipped one past Olthuis. But Burt Stephens restored the two-goal lead on another Huskies power play, rifling a shot from the point past Sparta goalie Tyler Briggs. New Husky Alex Dzielski and Kane Dawe picked up the helpers. It was 3-1 after 40 minutes.

Kelowna made it close with a goal from Matt Elia in the third, but Olthuis shut the door the rest of the way and Andrew Pettitt potted the empty netter with just seconds remaining to give the Huskies a 4-2 win.

Olthuis, Petovello and Dzielski were named the game’s three stars.

Game 1 was also a close affair, with Kelowna jumping out to a 2-0 lead early on a pair of goals from Stopanski. Burt Stephens got the Huskies on the board, unassisted, and then Petovello sniped one top shelf on the power play, assisted by Klassen and Ted Stephens. It was tied at two heading into the second period.

Just one goal was scored in the middle frame and it came from Huskies forward Rob Stuckey, who tipped in a point shot from Burt Stephens. Alex Dzielski also had an assist on the play.

Petovello scored two more in the third, cementing his hat trick with an empty netter with just 1 second remaining on the clock. Ted Stephens and Dzielski picked up the assists. Final score was 5-3 for the Huskies. 

Ted Stephens, Stopanski and Burt Stephens were awarded the three stars.

The Huskies improve to 7-1 on the season, and will be back in action on March 28th, when they host three other teams for the Coy Cup tournament at Takhini Arena. More details on the visiting teams and schedule will be announced soon.