Region's youth hockey players gather in Fort St. John for weekend Atom tournament

The weekend long tournament, featuring teams from Dawson Creek, Fairview, Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Peace River and Sexsmith, included two home teams, the Kinsmen Flyers, as well as the Pimm’s Production Flyers.

Fort St. John’s Pimm’s Production Flyers finished third in the tournament’s Pool A, handing Fairview a 9-6 defeat, but suffered losses to Grande Prairie (4-3), and Dawson Creek (9-6).

Dawson Creek went on to claim the top spot in Pool A after beating Grande Prairie in the finals.

Pool B was a bit more successful for the other host team, the Kinsmen Flyers, who booked their tickets to the tournament finals, following wins over Beaverlodge (10-3), Peace River (9-8) and Sexsmith (12-7).

Following their undefeated journey to the finals, the Kinsmen Flyers had just one more opponent to beat to earn the top spot in the tournament: the Peace River Mustangs.

In a back-and-forth first period, Fort St. John managed to score twice, doubling the offence produced by Peace River, as the opening frame concluded with the Kinsmen Flyers leading 2-1.  

Following another Kinsmen Flyers goal, the home team found themselves in some penalty trouble, which resulted in two power play goals for the visiting Mustangs.

With the third period beginning tied at 3-3, the intensity picked up even further in the final frame. Peace River struck first, scoring their third straight goal for a 4-3 score, taking their first lead of the game.

With 1:18 left in regulation, the Kinsmen Flyers pulled their goalie for an extra attacker, which worked like a charm, as Fort St. John scored to even the score at 4-4, forcing overtime.

Penalty troubles once again were a factor for the Kinsmen Flyers, who took a penalty in overtime, resulting in the championship winning power play goal, ending with 5-4 in favour of Peace River.

The Kinsmen Flyers and Mustangs will clash again very soon, when Fort St. John travels to Peace River this weekend for a league game before the start of the Christmas break.