Huskies Open Coy Cup with 6-3 Victory
Adam Henderson potted a pair of goals and netminder JJ Gainsforth was huge in relief, as the Whitehorse Huskies downed the North Island Capitals 6-3 to pick up their first win of the Coy Cup tournament.
The Huskies were down 1-0 after the first 20 minutes, thanks to a goal from Capitals forward Karl Hagg. It remained that way partway through the second, but then the Huskies found their scoring touch.
Starting goalie Jon Olthuis was forced to leave the game after a collision in the crease, and his teammates rallied in support. With Gainsforth taking over in net, Whitehorse scored three straight goals to take the lead.
Andrew Pettitt got things started, assisted by Ted Stephens and Simon Nugent. Stephens picked up his second point of the game when he sniped a wrist shot from the wing. Brett Roulston made it 3-1 for the Huskies shortly after, with Derek Klassen and Charles Dagostin picking up the helpers.
Shelby Cockell brought the Capitals within one, but then Henderson knocked in the rebound off a shot from defenceman Alex Dzielski, and the Huskies headed into the second intermission with a 4-2 lead.
Whitehorse began the third period with a 5-on-3 power play and they took full advantage, making it 5-2 on a goal from Klassen. The Capitals scored a power play marker of their own to pull within two, and pulled their goalie in the final minutes of regulation looking to get even. But Gainsforth shut the door the rest of the way, making several big stops for the win, including an incredible stick save.
Next up for the Huskies is a game against the Terrace River Kings, Wednesday at 7 pm. The River Kings are 0-1 after falling to the Kelowna Sparta 3-2 in the opening game of the Coy Cup.
The Sparta will take on the Capitals at 4 pm Wednesday.
(Photo credit: Stephen Anderson-Lindsay Photography)