Flyers travel to play tournament in Dawson Creek Feb 6-8
The Tier II Midget Flyers season continued with four games over the weekend
The Flyers travelled to Dawson Creek on Friday night to kick off their tournament action against the Horse Lake Thunder. It was the Flyers and Thunder’s first meeting of the season.
Play was slow and cautious for the bulk of the period until the Flyers broke the game open with two goals in the final four minutes of the frame. The first coming off the stick of Sean Ryder with assists from Justin Rattray and Marvin Yahey. The second with 1:40 remaining off a long breakout pass from Dayne Pedersen to Brennan Straiger.
Straiger found an un-marked Rattray at the side of the net who beat the Horse Lake netminder high on his the blocker side. The Flyers took the two goal lead into the break.
The second period was high lighted by a Justin Rattray Penalty shot goal . The call was made after Rattray was hauled down on a break away. Justin took the puck from center , skated in and tucked the puck five hole to take a three nothing lead to the third.
Period three was more of the same for the Flyers, who scored early and often.
The first of the period coming on the power play when Beau Lancaster got his stick on a rebound in tight and found the back of the net. Eric Aldridge scored the second power play marker of the period with 10:04 remaining beating the goalie with a shot from the blueline. Justin Rattray completed his hat trick with an unassisted marker 53 seconds later and Brennan Straiger closed out the 7-0 win with his own unassisted marker ,short handed with to 5:32 remaining.
The Flyers out shot the Thunder 38-12. Travis McLean registered the shut out.
Looking to build on the great start, the Flyers took to the ice against the Terrace team Saturday @ 12:30p.m.
Terrace scored the only goal of the opening frame @ the 7:49 mark.
Period two saw Terrace score a power play marker and a short handed goal to take a three – zero lead.
Period three was again dominated by Terrace mirroring the second with a power play and short handed marker.
The game ended 5-0 with Terrace outshooting Fort. St. John 40-18.
Travis McLean took the loss.
The Flyers did not have long to lick their wounds as the faced familiar foes, Chetwynd at 5:00p.m.
Craig Wozniak started in net for FSJ.
The Duz Cho Midgets started fast, out scoring the Flyers 5-1 in the first period. The lone Flyer marker coming off the stick of Marvin Yahey with an assist from Brett Young.
Period two saw Travis McLean replace Wozniak between the pipes.
The Chetwynd midgets were un fazed by the change and out scored the Flyers 4-0 on 12 shots to take a commanding 9-1 lead into the third.
Craig Wozniak returned to the net for the third period.
The Flyers offence woke up, scoring 5 times in the frame. Goals coming from Tyson Negus(2)Brett Young, Justin Rattray and Brett McLean. Assists going to Jordan Gies(3) B.Young(2) ,Negus(2) and Tyler Kramer(1).
The Chetwynd Duz Cho Midgets tallied four goals of their own to skate away with a 13-6 win and dropped the Flyers record in the tournament 1-2 and set the Flyers up for a Sunday 7:00a.m. game vs. Yellowknife.
Travis McLean started in net for the Flyers and held Yellowknife at bay ,surrendering only 1 goal on 21 shots in the opening frame. The Flyers scored once as well off the stick of Tyson Negus assisted by Dayne Pedersen.
Period two was a see saw affair with Yellowknife scoring at the 11:04 mark to take the lead. Fort St. John bounced back 12 seconds later off the ensuing face off when Dayne Petersen walked through the defense and deposited the puck high over the goalies blocker.
A minute and a half later the Flyers took the lead on the power play when Jordan Gies finished a three way passing play assisted by Negus and Rattray.
FSJ fell into penalty trouble with eight minutes left in the frame, surrendering goals on consecutive five on three disadvantages. The period ended with Yellowknife on top 4-3. Period three saw Yellowknife jump on the Flyers early, scoring twice in the opening minute.
The Fort St. John Midgets fought back with a Gies goal assisted by Negus and Rattray and a power play marker by Rattray assisted by Gies and Aldridge to pull within a goal with 3:55 remaining.
With the Flyer goalie pulled for the extra attacker, Yellowknife scored with : 39 remaining to take a 7-5 lead.
FSJ refused to quit, scoring 5 on 5 with :11 remaining.
They again pulled McLean for the face off and carried the play into the offensive zone. With 1.5 seconds remaining the Flyers got a chance to tie it up but the puck slipped past the stick of Pedersen in the crease and the game ended 7-6 Yellowknife.
The Flyers ended the weekend 1-3
Their next action is their All Peace League regular season finally Saturday in Dawson Creek.