The Dawson Creek Senior Canucks made their first trip of the season to Fort St. John on Thursday night, and headed home with a win.
After winning the previous two meetings of the season (both in D.C.) by a combined score of 23-3, the Flyers fell behind the eight-ball right off the bat. On the opening play of the game, Dawson Creek dumped the puck into the Flyers zone, and goaltender Derek Metteaur misplayed the puck, giving Chris Stevens an open-net.
The Flyers fought back, with a powerplay goal from Tyler Loney, and an even strength marker from Todd Alexander, before goals from Evan Boire and Kris Desjarlais gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes.
Second periods have been the Flyers achilles heel as of late, but on this night, they won the middle frame, on goals from Jeff Shipton and David Alexander. Desjarlais added his second, leading to a 4-4 tie heading into the third.
But, despite goals from Jeff Fast and Donny Lloyd to give the Flyers a 6-4 lead, they allowed three straight even-strength goals late in the period, to give Dawson Creek 7-6 win. Desjarlais’ hat-trick got the Canucks within one, Dustin Kersey tied the game, and then Stevens’ second of the game gave Dawson Creek the win.
Dawson Creek featured a handful of players that are still part of the Flyers plans for the rest of the season. Kip Noble registered 2 assists for his hometown Canucks, and was joined on the blue-line by both Dustin Kersey and Adam Loncan. Former ECHL forward Chris Stevens returned to the Canucks lineup after playing for Fort St. John in the exhibition series against Augustana College.
Andrew Nash earned the win in goal for Dawson Creek, stopping 25 of 31 shots. The Flyers were outshot 31-29.
The Flyers get a quick chance to redeem themselves, when they host the Hythe Mustangs on Friday night at the North Peace Arena. The Mustangs have won the past two meetings between the clubs.