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The first period began exactly how a team would like a championship game to begin for the Flyers, as a four goal first, two of which coming off the stick of Matt Shuya, gave the Flyers a 4-1 lead entering the second period.

The Flyers would extend that lead in the second period, as both teams scored twice, to conclude the period with the Flyers leading 6-3.

It was a special period for two Huskies call-ups, as Huskies’ regular season leading point producer Robbie Sidhu, and Huskies captain Cody Hildebrand each showed they can play with the big dogs.

Each of the affiliate players scored a goal and chipped in with single assists while playing on a line together, combining for five points throughout the game.

Following the game, Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy talked about the two call-ups, saying the both played extremely well.

“The two huskies we brought up played a heck of a game, both of them, and I’m hoping we can pack them up and bring them with us to Powell River…We just have to buy them a ticket.”

The third period was where the game took a dramatic turn for the Flyers. Despite opening the final frame with a goal to extend their lead to 7-3, the team seemed to shut down after taking a four goal lead, allowing the Chiefs to take control.

Horse Lake scored six goals in the final 15 minutes of the third, compared to two by the Flyers, producing a 10-9 game with just over five minutes to play in the championship match.  

The Chiefs had multiple chances to tie the game, but Flyers goaltender Troy Hunt made some timely saves, combined with some luck, as the Chiefs shoot high and wide on a two-on-none. The clock finally struck zero, declaring the Flyers the 2011-2012 North Peace Hockey League Champions.   

Following the game, Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy reluctantly talked about the third period collapse, saying the third “couldn’t be worse… and I hope to never see that type of collapse again.”

However, Coach Leahy talked about the perfect start to the game for the Flyers, saying it was the kind of hockey he knows his team is capable of.

Despite a third period to forget, the Fort St. John Flyers are the NPHL champions for the 2011-2012 season. The team will have nine days to enjoy the accomplishment and rest up, and then it’s back to business, as they travel to Powell River for the Savage Cup.

Standing in the way of Savage Cup supremacy is a best-of-five series with the Powell River Regals, and all the live action can be caught on 100.1 Moose FM, who will be broadcasting each game live.

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