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END OF THE LINE – Huskies centre Robbie Stuckey battles for a loose puck against the River Kings on Wednesday. Photo by JOSH SCHROEDER

Huskies ousted by eventual champion Fort St. John

The Whitehorse Huskies saw their season end one game too early.

By Marcel Vander Wier on March 28, 2016

The Whitehorse Huskies saw their season end one game too early.

On Friday, the senior AA hockey club dropped the Coy Cup semifinal 7-3 to the Fort St. John Flyers, who went on to beat the host Terrace River Kings 3-2 on Saturday to clinch their second straight title.

The Huskies, sponsored by Nuway Crushing Ltd., entered the Coy Cup final as the tournament’s second seed after edging Fort St. John 6-5 in their final round-robin game Thursday.

The semifinal in Terrace, B.C., started well, with Kane Dawe finding twine just 33 seconds in.

But the Yukon squad entered the first intermission down 2-1 and while Kevin Petovello tied the game up on an early second-period power play, the Huskies would not lead again.

Down 5-2 in the third, Adam Henderson made things interesting with a late goal, but it was all the offence the team could muster.

Adam Horst scored twice for the Flyers, while Rick Cleaver, Jeff Shipton, Brady Busche, Josh Bruha and Ryan Carter added singles.

“We really didn’t capitalize on some of our scoring opportunities,” Mike Tuton told the Star today. The coach was named the team’s top dog following their season-ending loss.

Tuton said games the Huskies were involved in seemed extra physical.

“I think people were really jazzed up and not really sure what the Huskies were all about – and really came out flying against us,” he said. “You should see these guys – it looks like they’ve been through a 16-game playoff, the way they’re bruised and banged up.”

Despite missing out on the provincial championship title, the Huskies’ season proved to be a success thanks in large part to an energetic board of directors and a renewed fan base.

Tuton said the team hopes to throw its hat in the ring for 2017 Coy Cup hosting duties.

He also lauded general manager Matt King for his diligence in finding regular-season opponents.

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