Huskies Take Both Games from Braves

Celebrating a Husky goal

It was a successful weekend for the Nuway Crushing Whitehorse Huskies, as they swept their series versus the visiting Kainai Braves.

Sunday evening’s game was a lopsided affair, with 11 different Huskies players hitting the score sheet en route to a 16-1 victory. Kevin Petovello led the way with four goals and two assists while Derek Klassen and Kane Dawe each posted three goals and three assists. 

Rob Stuckey recorded a pair of goals and an assist, Ted Stephens picked up a goal and three assists, and Andrew Pettitt had a goal and two assists. Simon Nugent and Tyrell Hope also scored for the Huskies while Rob Warner, Shane McHugh and Daniel Cletheroe each got an assist. Ian Creighton netted the lone goal for the Braves.

Jon Olthuis started in goal for the Huskies, who were down to just four defencemen after Charles Dagostin was tossed for fighting less than two minutes in and Burt Stephens left the game early with an injury. Both Nugent and Jon Rudolph stepped up to play big minutes on the back end while Warner also filled in. 

Huskies Top Dog of the game, chosen by the players, went to Petovello. In a classy move, Petovello quickly handed the hat to backup goalie Brian Power.

Saturday afternoon was a much different matchup, with goaltenders Jon Olthuis and Tyler Cutknife standing tall for their teams. It was scoreless through two periods of play. 

Petovello struck first for the Huskies partway through the third, assisted by Klassen and Ted Stephens. It remained 1-0 until Creighton tied it up for the Braves with just 8.8 seconds left on the clock. The two teams were headed to four-on-four overtime where Warner would provide the heroics for the Huskies, ending it just over one minute into the extra frame. Final score was 2-1 for Whitehorse.

Huskies Top Dog of the game went to Cletheroe.

The two goals against over the weekend were the fewest allowed by the Huskies in their three AA seasons. They also set a new mark for goals in a single game with 16, and moved their record to 5-1 on the season. 

The next series will be in February, when the Kelowna Sparta make a return visit to Whitehorse. Dates and times will be announced soon