Power play goals, and a lack there of, seemed to be the determining factor in Saturday night’s game. Both teams took numerous penalties, with a total of 56 penalty minutes handed out, but it was the Chiefs that would take advantage of the extra skater.
The first period would decide the outcome of the game. Fort St. John quickly found themselves killing a five-on-three man advantage only 6:08 in to the game. Horse Lake showed some great puck moving ability, which would result in a one-timer from the point, beating Flyers goalie Troy Hunt for the game’s first and eventual game winning goal.
Hunt played incredibly in the one-sided loss, making 36 saves, plenty of them from point-blank range.
The power play would strike again for Horse Lake in the first period. Once again good puck movement by the Chiefs would create a strong point shot, which for Horse Lake’s second goal, would be tipped in by Mike Lalonde.
The period would end with the Chiefs leading the Flyers 2-0, which would carry over as the game’s final score.
Following the game, Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy talked about his team’s performance, stressing the Flyers didn’t get the puck deep enough into the Horse Lake zone on a consistent basis. He said for the new looking roster to improve, the team must develop stronger, more consistent lines on both forward and defense.
Leahy also talked about how the team gave up too many odd man rushes, while also struggling to transition the puck from defense to offense.
The Flyers were only able to generate 17 shots on Horse Lake Saturday evening, despite over ten opportunities on the power play. However, credit must be given to the Horse Lake penalty kill, who did an excellent job at blocking passing lanes and not allowing Fort St. John to set up in the offensive zone.
Flyers goaltender Troy Hunt also commented on the game, saying this year’s team was a different looking squad and that it was evident that Horse Lake had already played more games than the Flyers.
When asked about the lop sided amount of shots between both team’s, Hunt said he enjoys games where he is constantly being tested, saying it helps to “jump in head first and get ready for the rest of the year.”
The Flyers will next hit the ice on December 3, when they play host to the Grande Prairie Athletics.
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