Saturday’s game was a back-and-forth tilt on the scoreboard, as the teams exchanged leads multiple times throughout the evening. Despite Fort St. John out-shooting the Senior Canucks 18-12 in the first, the opening frame concluded with the scoreboard reading 2-2.
The Canucks built themselves a two-goal lead to start the second, scoring an even strength goal and a power-play marker, as the scoreboard read 4-2 in favour of Dawson Creek.
However, that lead was cut in half courtesy of Senior Flyers forward Kole Norris, who scored 12:14 into the second, wrapping up the game’s middle period with a score of 4-3 for Dawson Creek.
At 11:18 into the third, Jeff Shipton scored his second of the game, on the power-play, tying the game at 4-4. The Senior Flyers then pulled ahead on the scoreboard, as Matt Shuya scored, providing Fort St. John a 5-4 lead with 7:12 remaining in the final period.
As the rest of the game dictated, the scoring wasn’t done there, as Senior Canucks’ Jeff Taylor scored on the power-play, tying the game at 5-5, meaning the game needed to be decided in extra-time.
In overtime, tension was high for the Flyers, as Paul Wiens took a hooking penalty, which proved to be the deciding factor in the game. Short-handed, Flyers forward Luke Middleton scored the overtime winner, providing the Flyers the 6-5 road victory.
The Senior Flyers will next hit the ice Friday, January 25, when the team welcomes the Grande Prairie Athletics to the North Peace Arena, a game Senior Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy said has been a focal point for the team for quite some time.