FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Those in attendance for game two between the Fort St. John Huskies and Fairview Flyers got their money’s worth and then some last night. The contest had everything one could ask for in a hockey game and in the end it was the Huskies coming out on top with a 7-6 double overtime win to tie the best of seven semifinal series at one.Fort St. John had a difficult start to the game as they were badly outshot over the opening 20 minutes at 12-4, however a late goal kept them on equal footing at one a piece.The late tally seemed to spark the legs of the Huskies after the intermission as they scored twice in a 38 second span early in the second. Down by two the Flyers kept skating hard and three unanswered goals over the final 17 and a half minutes put them up one heading to the third period.- Advertisement -Over the final 20 minutes the teams went back and forth. Fort St. John successfully killed off a five on three Fairview power play and used the momentum to take the lead late at 6-5. In what could have been an emotionally crushing turn of events the Flyers tied the game at six with under a second left after a scramble in the crease to force overtime.Despite surrendering the late goal the Huskies would not feel sorry for themselves. The first overtime period solved nothing, but in the second extra period a seeing eye shot from the point by Lou Giesbrecht found it’s way into the Fairview goal to give Fort St. John the big win.Huskies assistant coach Todd Alexander said with the momentum changing throughout the contest it would have been easy for his squad to fold up shop, however they kept plugging away and were rewarded for their work.Advertisement “There was a lot of good battles going on out there. We could have let that one get away from us but we just found ways to score goals tonight and we came out on top,” he said.With a young squad some of the Huskies inexperienced players struggled in game one, but Alexander gave props to them in game two for having a strong turnaround which showed up on the score sheet with plenty of secondary scoring.“We’ve got some good young talent over here that can score goals. That first game was a real learning lesson for us especially for a lot of our young guys who haven’t been in a semifinal. After that first game they had to amp their game up and they definitely brought a better game,” he said.Scoring for the Huskies were Jordan Harder, Cayle Bell (2), Lucien Serban, Josh Robinson, Ryan McDonald, and Lou Giesbrecht.Advertisement While six goals against may seem like a lot, each of them was hard earned by Fairview. Brody Nelson had another strong outing as he made 48 saves, including a number of clutch stops on the five on three penalty kill in the third period.Game three between the clubs will be in Fairview tomorrow night at 8:30. The series will return to Fort St. John for game four at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
With its first piece of legislation of the year, the state Senate on Monday made good on a promise to support a fast-track construction project for a 10-mile car-pool lane on the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass. The promise was made because it was the state Senate’s impetuous and early adjournment that delayed the project last summer, and almost lost the state $130 million in federal funds for the project. With this important hurdle now cleared, the only thing it needs is the signature of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who says he supports both the 405 car-pool project and the design-build concept that will be used to build it. The design-build construction method allows a private firm to both design and build a project, taking it out of the hands of state engineers. Schwarzenegger would like to see all the state’s projects done this way. The state’s engineering union, not surprisingly, would not. It would be a tragedy for both the driving public and all the politicians who worked long and hard last summer to get support and funding for the car-pool lane for the governor to hold up the project in order to leverage legislative support for a larger design-build concept for state building projects. While it’s a worthy issue, and certainly something that the state’s lawmakers ought to seriously debate and consider, it’s a battle best fought another time. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In his State of the State speech last week, Schwarzenegger outlined an ambitious plan for massive construction of new roads, schools, courts, jails and other public-works facilities over the next decade. Surely, the governor is hoping to use the design-build construction process for part, if not all, of the building. However, it’s going to be several months, at the very least, before the first of the bond measures to fund the reconstruction project even goes before the voters for approval. There’s no need to rush the design-build debate. In fact, there would be no better way to garner support for future design-build construction projects than to test it out on the 405 car-pool lane. If it works, the car-pool project would forever serve as physical testament to the benefits of design-build. Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger should sign this particular piece of legislation – Senate Bill 1026. U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, managed to carve out $130 million in last year’s federal transportation bill for the $500 million 405 car-pool lane. If it’s not used by 2009, the money will be lost. Schwarzenegger is just rebuilding his public support. Risking this crucial traffic-relieving project for a political fight he probably can’t win right now would be foolish. To paraphrase the governor’s own words in the State of the State speech last week: We say, sign it.