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Photo:  Brittany Bakstad shows the stickers fellow team members wore in honour of Kyle – submitted photo

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Brittany Bakstad and her team played this weekend for her brother Kyle after his sudden death last week.

After coming off of the win in the previous weekend the Flyers showed that they could compete with the AA teams. On Friday night, the Flyers created numerous opportunities to score but they couldn’t put the puck in the net and they lost 4-0 to Fort Saskatchewan. Lane Delfs was outstanding in net and earned the player of the game.

On Saturday morning, the Flyers were more successful when they took on the Slave Lake Bantam AA Thunder. Lien Miller-Jeannotte started the scoring four minutes into the game on an end to end rush. The Thunder tied it up with three minutes left in the first.

The Flyers took the lead back when Thomas Webster netted one from Miller-Jeannotte only thirty seconds into the second frame; however, the Thunder tied the game just before the end of the period.

The Thunder took the lead less than two minutes into the third and this time it was the Flyers who tied the game at 3 all, three minutes later when Miller-Jeannotte scored his second from Webster. The score remained unchanged with solid goal tending by both teams. Garat Whitford was in net for the Flyers. Thomas Webster was recognized as the player of the game.

Saturday afternoon was better for the Flyers as they defeated the Sherwood Park Bantam AA Sabres 7-3. Miller-Jeannotte scored 13 seconds into the game from line mate Webster. The Sabres tied the game a few minutes later but Jake Gardner netted one from Aiden June to give the Flyers the lead 2-1. The Sabres tied the game 2-2 to end the first period.

It was all Flyers in the second when Miller-Jeannotte potted his second from Webster and then Chase Allam ripped one from the point from Webster and Bakstad to give the Flyers a two goal lead. Ricky Bateman made it 5-2 from a nice passing play with Alex Hartman and Josh Lucas.
The Sabres scored their third goal half way through the third but Miller-Jeannotte scored his hat trick on an unassisted goal. Webster netted one of his own from Darin O’Hanley to finish out the scoring and giving the Flyers a 7-3 win. Lane Delfs was solid in net for the Flyers. Lien Miller-Jeannotte earned the player of the game.

After an emotional weekend the Flyers ended up playing the Slave Lake Thunder for third place. Bateman gave the Flyers the early lead when he snapped home Hartman’s rebound from Lucas’ lead pass. Again the Thunder were able to tie the game five minutes later. Miller-Jeannotte sniped one from a sharp angel from Hartman and Lucas to make it 2-1 at the end of the first.
The Thunder tied the game at the eleven minute mark of the second but the Flyers were able to regain the lead when Webster netted one from Miller-Jeannotte and Ryan Good.
It was all Sabres in the third as they scored three unanswered goals.

Brittany Bakstad was the player of the game with her outstanding defensive play all weekend. The Grande Prairie Tournament directors honoured Kyle Bakstad after the Flyers final game with a minute of silence.

The Knights of Columbus will be joining many others when they attend the Celebration of Life for Kyle Bakstad on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd at 7:00 pm at the FSJ Rec Center. Then they will play their first game of the Dawson Creek Tournament on Friday, November 26th at 9:00 pm.  

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