Huskies Open Season with Series Sweep

The Huskies celebrate a goal

The Nuway Crushing Whitehorse Huskies are 2-0 to start their season, after back to back wins against the Bonnyville Pontiacs this weekend.

Sunday’s game was a 7-6 shootout thriller, with Evan Campbell sniping the game winner top shelf past Pontiacs goalie Tanner Schalin. 

The Huskies trailed 2-1 after the opening 20 minutes. Andrew Pettitt got the Huskies on the board, assisted by Tyrell Hope and Daniel Cletheroe.  

It was a frantic second period, with seven goals scored between the two teams. Derek Klassen potted a pair for the Huskies, while Burt Stephens and Evan Campbell each added a marker. Assists went to Stephens, Pettitt, Hope, and Kane Dawe. It was 5-5 after two.

The score remained 5-5 through most of the third period, with Olthuis making several key saves on odd-man rushes. Ted Stephens put Whitehorse ahead with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, but the Pontiacs struck back on a power play shortly after. The game was headed to overtime. 

Four-on-four action for five minutes solved nothing, so both teams chose five players for the shootout. Campbell was the lone goal scorer for either side, as Huskies netminder Jon Olthuis stopped all five shooters he faced to seal the victory. 

Top Dog of the Game on Sunday, as chosen by the Huskies players, was captain Evan Campbell.

Saturday’s game was a bit more lopsided, with the Huskies dominating their visitors 9-1. Ten different Huskies recorded points in the win. Campbell (2 goals, 1 assist), Pettitt (1 goal, 2 assists), and Jared Tuton (1 goal, 2 assists) each posted three-point nights while Hope and Ted Stephens each notched a pair of goals. Rob Warner netted a goal and an assist while Dawe, Klassen, Charles Dagostin and Daniel Cletheroe all had two helpers.

Top Dog of the Game on Saturday was goaltender Jon Olthuis, who was impressive in his Huskies debut.