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Formula Powell Midget B Flyers
The Formula Powell Midget B Flyers attended the Mackenzie Knights B Tournament this past weekend and ended the round robin play with a 3rd place finish. In the Flyers 1st game they suffered a 5-3 loss to the host team before posting wins the next day against Tumbler Ridge Raptors 8-3 and Vanderhoof Bears 6-3 , before losing a hard hitting, hard fought game Sunday afternoon to Fort St. James 4-3.
Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers
The Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers played a pair of home games this weekend against High Level. On Saturday the Flyers came out slow and High Level took it to the Flyers early, leading 3- 0 and 4-1 by the midpoint of the first period. However, the Flyers regrouped and made it 4-3 by the end of the first. The Flyers played a solid second period and headed into the third tied 5 -5. In the third period Cameron Smethurst backed stopped the flyers with some spectacular saves which gave his team a shot of energy. The Flyers poured it on throughout the latter half of the period pulling off an 11 – 6 victory. Keenan Gallagher lead the offense with four goals. Aiden Craig-Steele and Adam Melnyk combination worked very well together, producing 11 points between them. Craig-Steele had 3 goals and 3 assists and Melnyk added two assists to his hat-trick. Max Dobson also scored for the Flyers. Assists came from Konnor Sawyer (3), Brendan Trainor (2), Kolten Brekkas (2), Cameron Callison, Kyle Kristmanson, Spencer Prieur, and Ben Gaal.
On Sunday The Flyers started much stronger and with some strong work ethic they managed to have a slim 1 – 0 lead after the first period. The High Level team came out strong in the second period and took it to the Flyers scoring 5 unanswered goals by the 10:00 minute mark of the period. The Flyers managed to turn the momentum in their favour but could only get 1 goal past the high Level goalie before the end of the second. Down 5 -2 heading into the third, the Flyers put forth a great effort but came up short 6 – 3. Aiden Craig-Steele led the Flyers offense with a pair of goals and Kolten Brekkas added a lone marker. Josiah Harder played a very strong third period in goal for the Flyers making some great glove saves. The Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers head to Chetwynd next weekend for a tournament.
Ross H. MacLean Flyers
The Spirit River Pee Wee Rangers scored 3 1/2 minutes into the first period on the power play to take an early lead against the Flyers, on Sunday. Two minutes later they extended their lead to 2-0 until Alex Hartman popped one in on a nice feed from Ricky Bateman to cut the Ranger’s lead in half.
Bateman tied the game from Hartman and Mulligan a minute and half into the second frame. With some solid goal tending there were no more goals until the 16 minute mark of the second when the Rangers regained their lead when they netted their second power play goal.
The third period was scoreless although the Flyers did have some good chances. They pulled their goalie, Lane Delfs with a minute remaining but just couldn’t net one. The score remained 3-2 in favour of the Rangers.
The Flyers are now 9-2 in All Peace Action and they will play their final three All Peace games at home next weekend. They play Grande Prairie on Saturday at 3:15pm, High Prairie at 10:15am Sunday, and Spirit River at 2:15 pm Sunday afternoon. Then the team will be at the Olympic Torch Relay to support their sponsor Ross H. MacLean.
FSJ pre-novice Team Twlight
Fort St John’s Pre novice Team Twlight participated in a tournament on the weekend in Hudson’s Hope. Winning their first 2 games against Fort St John Rhyason Contracting and Hudsons Hope, put them into the final against Chetwynd where they beat them 15-5, giving them a first place finish out of 5 teams. MVP of the games were Kaden Pyle, Kash Pittam and Brooke Disher.
Fort St. John Kinsmen Atom Flyers
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The FSJ Kinsmen Atom Flyers played host to the Grande Prairie “AA” Vipers in All Peace League action Saturday afternoon at the Enerplex. The undefeated Vipers scored twice in the first and twice in the second period blanking the Flyers through 40 minutes of play. Early in the third, Adam Bowie put the Flyers on the board with assists from Jesse McArthur and Austin Crossley. Jacob Lang scored a minute later, unassisted, to bring the Flyers to within two. The Vipers added one more late in the third for a 5-2 final over the Atom Flyers. Although the score didn’t reflect, this was arguably the best game that the Flyers played this season.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
The FSJ Kinsmen Atom Flyers hosted the Dawson Creek Atom Canucks Sunday at the Enerplex. As this would be the last time these two teams would meet in regular season play, the Flyers needed a win to split the 4 game series. The Flyers carried over the intensity from the Grande Prairie game the day before, and combined with a strong showing between the pipes from both Craig Grimes and Coleman McCaffrey, led 9 – 0 midway into the third period before the DC Canucks got one into the Flyers net. Final score FSJ – 9, DC – 1. FSJ’s Daniel Forrest, Jacob Lang, and Thomas Pope led the way with 2 goals apiece, with Teagan McMullen, Tanner Sandberg, and Damin Kraeleman adding singles.
The Kinsmen Atom Flyers resume league play next weekend with a double header in Grande Prairie on Saturday, then a home game on Sunday at the Enerplex.
The Petroleum Association Midget Flyers
Last weekend the Petroleum Association Midget Flyers competed in the ten team Quesnel midget tier two hockey tournament. The Flyers came out of the gate with a convincing 5-0 win over Abbotsford. They followed this with a solid effort to defeat a strong Salmon Arm team by a score of 6-4. The Flyers concluded the round robin portion of the tournament with a 5-2 loss to Vanderhoof to finish second in their pool and compete in the top four team playoff.
The Flyers first playoff opponent was Quesnel who were the eventual tournament champions. This was a close hard fought game with the local boys giving them a run for their money but in the end dropping a 4-2 decision. In the Flyer`s last game, they were unable hold a one goal lead going into the third period against the speedy Vanderhoof team to place a respectful fourth in the ten team tournament.
The goaltending tandom of Travis McLean and Kyle Bakstad provided solid netminding all weekend with McLean picking up the shutout in the first game of the tournament. The Flyer`s offence was led by the line of Cayle Bell (7 goals and 1 assist), Michael Bacso (1 goal and 6 assists) and Brennan Straiger (3 goals and 3 assists). Others supporting the offence were Blair Karasiuk and Marvin Yahey with 4 points each, Sean Ryder with 3 points, Brett Young, Brett Howard and Jordan Harder chipped in with 2 points each and Tyrell Fenton with an assist.
The Flyers continue their push for first place in league play on January 30th with a 9:45 am game against Dawson Creek at the Enerplex. This is followed by a January 31st game vs Dawson Creek at the North Peace Arena at 9:00am.
Flint Bantam B Flyers
Coming off a second place finish in Fort Nelson’s Bantam tournament ten days ago, the Flint Bantam B Flyers spent last weekend in Grande Prairie for their second of five tournaments in a row. In their first game Friday night against the Grande Prairie squad, the Flyers worked hard but were unable to post a win. They lost their second game against the Prince George team on Saturday morning, but won Saturday afternoon against the team from Edson, Alberta. Their performance over the weekend meant that they played off for fifth and sixth on Sunday in an early game against Edson, but they were unable to post a second win against the Alberta team, finishing sixth in the tournie. This weekend, the team will be in Dawson Creek, followed by tournaments in Prince George and Chetwynd. This will finish off their regular season, when playoffs will begin.