It was a tough first period for the Senior Flyers, who got themselves into some penalty trouble early in the game, providing the Generals three straight first period power-plays.
Luckily for the Flyers fans, the home team’s penalty kill, along with starting goaltender Troy Hunt, were up to the challenge, killing off all three penalties thanks to some tough defense and tremendous goaltending.
Unfortunately, the Generals managed to strike before the end of the first, as Generals forward Dustin Sproat buried a rebound to the side of Hunt with just 20 seconds remaining in the first.
Bentley doubled their lead in the second, when Matt Stefanishion scored on a rocket one-timer from the middle of the face-off circle, beating Hunt high blocker for the 2-0 lead, a score that remained until the third period.
In the final frame, the Senior Flyers managed to find their scoring touch, as a rebound off a point shot landed directly on the stick of Rick Cleaver, who made no mistake burying it past Generals goaltender Travis Yonkman, cutting the lead in half courtesy of the power-play marker.
The offense continued for the Senior Flyers, as 11:19 into the final period, Mike Lalonde tucked the puck into the back of the net in close quarters to Yonkman, tying the game at 2-2.
With the game tied at twos, the Senior Flyers were unable to complete the comeback, as Bentley managed to score the final goal of the game with the man-advantage at 17:24, producing the final score 3-2 in favour of the visitors.
Credit must be given to Senior Flyers goaltender Troy Hunt, who was extremely busy Saturday evening, facing 42 shots, compared to the 21 fired at Yonkman by Fort St. John.
Battle one may be in the books, but the AAA hockey war will continue Sunday in Fort St. John, when game two of the series hits the ice at 1:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.