The first matchup of the season between the Senior Flyers and Senior Canucks was a forgettable one. The Flyers scored early and often, en route to a 13-2 win in Dawson Creek on Thursday night.
On this night, the Flyers defencemen led the way, with new recruit Andrew Derton scoring the first goal of the game, and ending up with a hat-trick. “You get off work and jump off the bus, and come straight to the rink, it’s just about having a good time and working hard” Derton said after the game. “Games like this are supposed to be a tune-up, nomatter who you’re playing, so you like to take it somewhat serious, and know there’s a bigger picture at the end.” Derton was playing his third game since joining the Flyers, after moving to Fort St. John this fall. He’d been playing ECHL hockey at the beginning of the season, but admitted playing in an Allan Cup was a great opportunity.
In all, the Flyers got 7 goals from their defensive corps, with the others coming from Kip Noble, Luke Middleton (2), and Donny Lloyd. The Flyers led 4-0 after 20 minutes, 6-1 after 40, and at the final whistle were up 13-2. Forwards scoring goals were Matt Shuya, Todd Alexander, Clayton Bahm, Adam Horst, Jeff Fast, and David Alexander.
After all the anticipation for the first encounter of the season between the old rivals, the game ended up being much more like high-tempo shinny. There weren’t a lot of hits, only 7 penalties, only one real scrum, and no fights. But, on a night when the Flyers carried the majority of puck possession, they did a fairly good job of keeping their feet on the gas, particularly in the third period, when they tallied seven goals. It’s something the coaching staff has always stressed in blowout games. The Fort St. John squad certainly showed their ability to finish, with many of the goals fired into the top corner of the net, and some pretty passing plays to boot.
Jeff Taylor and Dustin Kersey scored Dawson Creek’s goals. “I think some of the younger guys were maybe a little nervous, and didn’t know what to expect.” Kersey said afterwards, comparing some of his teammates to deer caught in headlights. “We got that one out of the way, and now maybe guys will know what to expect, and not be worried about going out there, and just playing hard and trying to compete.” Though it was a long night for his team, Kersey says things have been going very well for the Senior Canucks, who have been getting great fan support, and continue to add players. “It’s just been getting better and better” he says, adding “Dawson Creek loves senior hockey, that’s a big thing here, and people are talking around town, they’re really excited the team’s back … it’s been good so far, and we’re just going to continue to try and build on that.”
Check back tomorow to listen to a highlights package from Thursday’s game.
The Flyers return home on Saturday night, to host the Hythe Mustangs. The game begins at 8:30, at the North Peace Arena.