In the first game of the weekend, the Flyers scored quickly when Ricky Bateman found the net on a Ralph Jarratt feed less than 3 minutes into the game against the Grande Prairie Royals Pee Wee A team. The Royals battled back with two of their own before the period ended.
It was all Flyers in the second, when Jarod Lang tied the game on a pass from Kyle Johnson and Nolan Legace. Two minutes later, Legace chipped the puck out of the zone to Alex Hartman who gave Lang a breakaway pass which Lang buried to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead. Bateman scored his second of the game on another Hartman breakaway feed. Legace finished the scoring for the Flyers with the help of his line mates Lang and Johnson. There was no scoring in the final frame with strong goal tending by Colten Lancaster and a good team effort. Sheldon Loewen was the player of the game with a solid effort.
In their second game of the day, the Flyers again found a positive result beating the Dawson Creek AA Canucks in a 3-1 battle. The Flyers scored first when Ryan Mulligan netted one from Jarratt and Jordan Kosinsky. Dawson tied the game 1-1 with five minutes left in the period.
In the second frame, Jarratt scored his first from Bateman and Hartman on the nice power play setup. Lane Delfs, in net, and Aiden Harris, James Bowie, Jordan Kosinsky, Chase Allam, and Gavin Gould on defense, held the hard working Canucks to just the one goal in the game.
Jarratt scored his second goal of the game into the empty net with only 6 seconds left and was the player of the game.
On Sunday, the Flyers came up against a powerful Grande Prairie AA Titans team. In the morning the Flyers were outplayed scoring only once in 40 minutes and allowing 40 shots on net in a 7-1 loss. Jeff Bochon ripped it into the net from Bateman’s rebound. James Bowie was player of the game with a strong defensive effort.
The finals were a different story as the Flyers came out strong and worked hard in a scoreless first period. Bochon’s power play goal from Jarratt and Hartman 45 seconds into the second frame, gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead that was short lived. The Titans scored twice within two minutes and then two more in the next six minutes to take a 4-1 lead. Although the Flyers had a few good opportunities to get back in the game they just couldn’t capitalize on their chances. Ricky Bateman was the player of the game with a solid effort.
Overall, it was a successful weekend for the Ross H. MacLean Flyers and they will head to Fairview next weekend.