[asset|aid=741|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=240490da5a38e48e37b5b7917ce8d765-Kalb-defence_1_Pub.mp3] Kalb says there are positives, such as the addition of Jesse Disher: [asset|aid=742|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f0c58f0daa49460d8c102dfdf4825157-Kalb-disher_1_Pub.mp3] Kalb is also happy with Cam MacKinnon, who’s point totals have fallen off since scoring four goals in his debut, but has been one of the best defensive forwards on the team.Advertisement The Huskies play their final game of December on Saturday – and in some ways, it’s a must win.The Huskies have won four of their past six – but dropped the two games against teams they need to beat – Peace River and Dawson Creek.They now find themselves tied for second place in the league, but with two more games played than Peace River, and three more than Dawson Creek, Fort St. John realisticaly sits in third or fourth place overall.- Advertisement -With the season entering the Christmas break – but two thirds complete – the playoff picture is beginning to materialize, and teams in contention are now in a dogfight to place in the top two or three spots. Finishing second would guarantee a team home ice in the playoffs until the finals, while either 2nd or 3rd place is good enough to avoid the powerful Wolverines until the finals. The Huskies have been much better at home this season (10-1) than on the road (5-7-1), and play one of the weaker teams in the league, the Sexsmith Vipers. Still, the pups have struggled with Sexsmith this year, losing once in Sexsmith, and winning the other two matchups each by just one goal.Coach Bob Kalb admits his team has been inconsistent, wondering at times which Huskies team will show up on any given night. Team defence has been the problem, with 4 of the top ten scorers in the league on the team, but mediocre goaltending and sloppy play in their own zone costing the team on more than one occasion. While Jordan Shipton comes to play every night, other players aren’t always committed to team defence, and Kalb isn’t entirely sure how to solve this.Advertisement [asset|aid=743|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f0c58f0daa49460d8c102dfdf4825157-Kalb-MacKinnon_1_Pub.mp3] The Huskies host the Sexsmith Vipers at 8pm at the North Peace Arena on Saturday night.Their next game won’t be until January, although they will also hit the ice for Skate with the Huskies, at 3pm on December 28th.
In the Alberta Peace, the RCMP in Valleyview will need the help of a medical examiner, to figure out how many people were involved in a deadly crash shortly before 7 o’clock yesterday morning.Police say the two-vehicle crash was so severe that investigators could not determine how many people were in one vehicle, which they also can’t identify.It was heading westbound on Highway 43, near Range Road 252, and it’s believed it crossed the centre line striking a five ton cube van head on, about 80 kilometers east of Grande Prairie.The driver of the van, a 33-year-old man from Hinton, was not injured, but was forced to cut himself out of his seatbelt as a post-crash-fire intensified.Meantime, shortly before seven o’clock this morning, four people suffered minor injuries in a two vehicle crash, just 5 kilometers north of Grande Prairie, at the entrance to Clairmont on Highway 2.- Advertisement -A 31 year old Grande Prairie woman was the lone occupant of a vehicle, that collided with a truck carrying three men from Devon, all in their twenties.The RCMP says the woman stopped at stop sign, but then proceeded to make a left hand turn crossing in front of the truck.Charges are pending under the Traffic Safety Act, for failing to proceed safely after stopping.