The chippy game started off well for Fort St. John, as 4:31 into the first, the Flyers scored their first goal of the game, as Mike Lalonde scored on the power-play, producing a 1-0 home team lead.
That lead was doubled roughly eight minutes later, as Senior Flyers’ captain, Dave Alexander, scored an even strength goal, producing a 2-0 Senior Flyers lead.
Grande Prairie cut that lead in half with 1:38 left in the first, concluding the opening period with the scoreboard reading 2-1 in favour of the hometown Senior Flyers.
It was much of the same in the second, however the scoring came in the opposite order than the first. Grande Prairie tied the game at 2-2 with a power-play-goal of their own, 5:31 into the second.
However, the remainder of the game belonged to the Senior Flyers, as Jeff Shipton, who has been on an absolute goal scoring tear lately, scored the go-ahead-goal at even strength 11:08 into the second, a goal that would go on to be the eventual game-winner.
It was all Senior Flyers following Shipton’s goal, as Kole Norris scored with 1:45 left in the second, producing a 4-2 score in favour of Fort St. John.
With the third period beginning with a 4-2 Senior Flyers lead, it was all Fort St. John to close out the final frame. With a single goal from Rick Cleaver, and Kole Norris and Jeff Shipton each scoring their second of the evening, the Senior Flyers emerged victorious in dramatic fashion, beating the top team 7-2, while out-shooting the Athletics 30-23 in the process.
Norris’ second goal of the game was described as the goal of the year for the Fort St. John Senior Flyers, going end-to-end, while undressing a number of Grande Prairie players.
Troy Hunt got the start in net for the Senior Flyers Friday evening, making 21 saves for the win in between the pipes.
The Senior Flyers will now board a bus to Spirit River, as they take on the Rangers Saturday evening.