The Tier II Midget Flyers season continued with two first round play-off games over the weekend. Saturday in Rycroft and Sunday at the Rec. Center.
The Flyers travelled to Rycroft for a Saturday night tilt with the Sharks.
The Flyers were short benched ,missing 4 players to suspension and two with injuries.
Game time 5:00 p.m.
Play was one sided with the home town Sharks pressing the play continually in the first period. The Flyers held fast until the 6:14 mark when Rycroft broke on top beating Fort St. John starting net minder Craig Wozniak with a low shot to the blocker side.
The Sharks followed that up with a second marker on the power play with 1:44 remaining to take a 2-0 lead into the break.
Rycroft out shot the Flyers 15-2
Period two saw the Sharks come out fast, scoring twice in opening 2:17 to extend the lead to 4-0. Play continued to be predominantly in the Flyers zone and Rycroft cached in again with 9:31 remaining in the frame.
Undaunted, the Flyers kept working and were rewarded with a power play marker with 5:35 left in the period when Brendan Beamish tracked down a dump in from Michael Bacso behind the Sharks net. He returned the puck to Bacso who in turn found Young in the slot. Brett finished the play with a high wrist shot over the goalies blocker.
The period ended 5-1 Sharks ,with the locals outshooting the Flyers 15-4.
FSJ looking to build on their period ending momentum, came out pressing in the third period.
The Sharks were having none of it and responded with 5 unanswered goals.
Four even strength and one on the power play. Final score 10-1 Rycroft
The Sharks out shot the flyers 22-1 in the period and 52-7 in the game.
They take a 9 goal lead into game two’s total goals for and against series final game in FSJ.
With home ice and personal pride at stake, the Fort St. John Petroleum Association Midget Flyers took to the ice, determined to erase the embarrassing loss from Saturday. They welcomed the Rycroft Sharks to the Fort St. John Rec. Center Sunday@10:45a.m.
Needing to win by 10 goals to advance to the second round of the play-offs, the hometown Flyers had a huge task ahead of them.
They hung their hopes on Travis McLean between the pipes and a tighter defensive game.
The Flyers started well, with a breakaway marker from Brett McLean , assisted by Adam Bilodeau and Michael Bacso at the 13:21 mark.
They continued to press the Sharks and took a 2-0 lead at the 8:10 mark when Brett Young scored a power play marker, with help from Marvin Yahey and Brett McLean.
The Sharks fought back with a marker of their own with 3:57 remaining in the period.
The visitors out shot the Flyers 16-5 but trailed 2-1 at the break.
Period two saw the Sharks flex their muscle, out shooting the Flyers 12-7 and out scoring them 3-0. They took a 4-2 lead into the third.
Period three proved to be the most exciting of the series.
The Flyers looking to finish the year on a winning note, came out determined.
Marvin Yahey scored at the 14:33 mark, assisted by Justin Rattray and Dayne Pedersen.
and Brett Young tipped a Rattray point shot on the power play to tie the game at 4 with 10:13 remaining.
The momentum was short lived as Rycroft bounced back with a goal just :34 seconds later to regain the lead.
With 8:52 to play, Brendan Beamish again tied the contest at 5 with a backhand goal, set up by Brett McLean and Tyrell Fenton.
The teams continued to trade chances, but with the Flyers killing a minor penalty, the Rycroft Sharks took the lead for good with a goal at the 6:01 mark.
The final nail in the coffin came with 2:46 to play.
The Sharks skated away with a 7-5 victory and advanced to the “All Peace League” final against Chetwynd or Dawson Creek.
The Fort St. John Petroleum Association Tier Two Midget Flyers 2008 / 2009 season has come to a close. The season was a tumultuous but a successful one . Resurrecting a dormant midget program off a five year hiatus is a daunting task. With the commitment of a dedicated coaching staff, along with the players, manager and parents, the Midget Flyers are back.
Success was not measured in only wins and losses but in the effort of the 22 different players that donned the Jersey and accepted the challenge of midget hockey play.
Some have played their last game of Minor Hockey with the conclusion of the season and we thank them for their contributions.
Captain Brett McLean, Alternate Captain Tyson Negus, Alternate Captain Justin Rattray Courtnall Apsassin and Colter Young.
They along with their team mates have helped bring the Midget Flyers program back for the players coming up.
Thank you to our Sponsor along with all the parents that helped through out the season.
Thanks to the team’s management and coaching staff.
Thank-you to the Fort St. John Minor Hockey association , all the arena staff and all the fans and all the Fort St. John Media that
covered us over the season and helped make it a success.
SEE YOU IN 2009 / 2010