The Fort St. John Flyers were clearly not phased by playing back to back games.
Friday night, the Flyers welcomed the Grande Prairie Athletics to town and sent them packing with a 9-3 loss under their belts.
The Flyers didn’t exactly get the start they were hoping for. Despite having an extremely short bench, Grande Prairie opened the scoring only 1:45 into the game.
As the first period continued, turnovers from both teams prevented much offense from being generated. Despite having only five shots on net in the first, the Flyers did manage to tie the game.
Flyers captain Dave Alexander won a face-off in the offensive zone and headed right to the net. Defensemen Todd Alexander received the puck off the face-off win, blasting it on net, where the captain would execute a nifty between the legs tip to tie the game.
Luckily, the first period wasn’t indicative of how the game would turn out. The second period began with both teams tied at ones. However, the period would see an offensive explosion from the Flyers. Fort St. John managed to score five goals in the second, two of which were scored short handed.
The short handed goals came courtesy of Adam Horst and Jeff Shipton. Horst received a pass from Mitch Strang, who showed great patience waiting for Horst to get into the proper shooting position. Horst wristed the puck high glove and although the Athletic’s goalie got a piece of the shot, it was not enough.
Shipton’s shorty was a thing of beauty. He did an excellent job fighting for the puck behind Grande Prairie’s net, walked into the slot and roofed the puck short side.
Strang would add another goal, also showing great skill to roof the puck high glove on the short side, which concluded the night of Athletic’s goalie, Andrew Bromby. The second would end with the Flyers up 6-1.
Regardless of the goalie change, the third period saw much of the same. The Flyers would score three more times and Grande Prairie managed to score twice. The short benched Athletics were just outmatched by the skill of Fort St. John, resulting in the blowout.
Todd Alexander lead the way in scoring with a goal and three assists. Mitch Strang and Dave Alexander each had three point nights, both with two goals and one assist.
With the win, the Flyers are currently riding a three game winning streak and have clinched first place.
After the game, Flyers Coach Darrel Leahy discussed that now the team needs to focus on getting more AAA experience. He believes that this experience is crucial in preparing for the upcoming Savage Cup.
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