Prior to puck drop, Fort St. John Huskies head coach Gary Alexander, along with NWJHL President Bob Trobak, were both presented with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal by Peace River MLA Pat Pimm for their dedication and commitment to the North West Junior Hockey League.
Following the presentation, it was back to hockey, where It was another penalty filled first period, and unlike game one, Sunday afternoon the Generals capitalized with the man advantage, scoring two of their three first period goals with the man advantage.
The Generals third goal forced Senior Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy to replace starting goaltender Troy Hunt with backup Jared Anderson.
The second period produced offense on both sides of the scoreboard, with Bentley adding to their lead first. The Generals scored another two goals in the first six minutes of the second, bringing their lead to 5-0.
The Flyers found the back of the net eight minutes into the second, when Brad Fast scored a power-play goal, courtesy of a blistering one-timer from the point that beat goaltender Travis Yonkman low glove.
Fort St. John managed to score one more goal before the conclusion of the game, as Mike Lalonde scored his second goal of the weekend, producing the final score of 5-2.
Following the game, Senior Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy, said the weekend was a good gauge of where the team stands at this point of the season, especially with the Savage Cup approaching.
“It was great to gauge ourselves again. Obviously we need to play tougher from the start of the puck drop. And we never did got to roll four lines like we like to do, dump it in and make some contact.”
Leahy added that based on last night’s game, he expected a closer tilt Sunday, but says it’s hard to succeed when you get behind the eight ball early in the game. However, Leahy said morale is still high and the team isn’t too discouraged with the weekend results.
“The boys sucked it up, their pride showed through in the end, and they came out hard in half of the second and third, and that’s the sign of good character and good dressing room character. Hearing what they had to say to each other after the game showed some real positives.”
Next for the Senior Flyers is a tilt versus longtime rivals, the Dawson Creek Canucks, which will hit the North Peace Arena Ice Friday, January 11, which begins at 8:30 p.m.