The Fort St. John Tracker Flyers defeated the St. Albert Blues, forcing a fifth and final game to determine the NAMHL Championship.
On Saturday evening, the fan filled North Peace Arena played host to a classic barn burner, which saw the Flyers defeat the Blues by a score of 8-6. The animated fans in attendance cheered feverishly, providing constant support for the hometown Tracker Flyers.
The first period concluded with the Flyers leading 3-2. The five goals scored were just an appetizer for the wild game that would ensue, involving 14 goals.
With both teams continuing to exchange goals in the second, those in attendance were treated to a little hockey magic. Recent call up Brett Norman displayed some incredible skill, scoring a highlight reel goal. Norman Flipped the puck over two defending Blues at centre ice and fought hard to get by both defensemen. He received his own flip pass just above the hash marks and wristed the puck high glove in a spectacular display of skill and creativity.
The third period began with the Flyers leading 6-4, although the Blues were not discouraged by the scoreboard. St. Albert scored only 1:35 into the frame while on the power play and once again seven minutes later to tie the game at six all.
The tied score only increased the intensity of the game, a situation which one Flyer seemed to embrace. With 6:20 left in regulation, Fort St. John forward Connor Fynn, scored blocker side from the low slot , after receiving a nice wrap-around pass. The goal gave the Flyers the 7-6 lead and was the eventual game winner.
Although Fynn wasn’t done there. Number seven fought hard to clear the puck out of the Flyers zone, chased down the lose puck and scored the empty net insurance marker, completing a well earned hattrick. Fynn also scored the Flyers first goal of the game.
After the game, Flyers head coach Barry Reynard talked about the pride he has for his players and how happy he is at the once in a lifetime opportunity they are experiencing in the finals, especially with hosting a game five. He discussed his lack of desire to get into a scoring filled affair with St. Albert and would like his team focus on their defensive system for Sunday’s finals. When asked what he will say to his club before the final game, he simply responded “enjoy it”.
The fifth and final game takes place Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. The winner of the afternoon game, will leave the arena as NAMHL champions.