After Wednesday’s win, Senior Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy said despite the lop-sided victory, his team still needed to be better out of the gate. Well, message received Friday night.
The Flyers hit the North Peace Arena ice in full stride Friday, out-shooting the Mustangs 17-7 in the first, and scoring the only four goals of the opening frame, providing the home team a four-goal cushion entering the remaining two periods.
A hat-trick and two assists in game one wasn’t enough for forward Paul Wiens, who picked up right where he left off Wednesday, scoring Friday evening’s opening goal for the Senior Flyers 3:14 into the first.
Much like Wiens, Jeff Shipton also had a great Wednesday on the ice, and he too transferred that success to Friday. With the Flyers leading 1-0, Shipton scored twice in the first, a power-play goal at 5:23, followed by an even-strength goal three minutes later.
The offence wasn’t done there, as Clayton Bahm made a nice play to steal the puck from the Mustangs goaltender, getting to puck to Jeff Fast, who finished the passing play to the period’s final goal scorer, Arlo Hadland with 6:14 left in the first.
Hythe managed to get on the board in the second period courtesy of a breakaway goal, but Fort St. John restored the four goal lead, as Gerard Dicaire was sent in on a partial breakaway, making no mistake with some soft hands, sliding the puck five-hole for the 5-1 lead.
The third period was much of the same, with the Flyers scoring once, thanks in part to Huskies call up Cody Hildebrand, who fought hard for his own rebound.
Hythe managed to score two quick ones near the conclusion of the game, ending the Friday evening tilt 6-3 in favour of Fort St. John.
As the game progressed, play on the ice became more and more chippy, some would even describe the game as getting dirty. Not only was the physicality of hockey on full display Friday, but the game also involved a lot of extra-curricular nastiness in between the whistles.
Following the win, coach Darrel Leahy said a strong first period was a key part of Friday’s win.
“It was a focus for the start of the game was to have a good first period and we did. We did a lot of things right in the first. We came out, did some bumpin’ and dumpin’ and passes were on, puck went in the net. Everything worked great in the first period.”
Coach Leahy also mentioned how he realized the game was getting chippy, and how he wanted it to conclude as fast as possible.
“I was just hoping the clock would hurry up and get the game over with, because I didn’t want any more penalties or possible misconducts for tomorrow’s game.”
The Senior Flyers will now shift their focus to the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks, a team the Flyers lost to last Friday 5-4 in an emotional shootout loss at home. Leahy says the team will be short-benched for the game, but expects it to be a good test for his squad, who will be playing their third game in four days.
Tonight’s game hit the ice in Dawson Creek at 8:30 p.m.