Senior Flyers sweep series with Rangers for sixth straight win

The win also marked the sweep of a home-and-home series with the Rangers, which began last weekend in Spirit River, where the Senior Flyers won game one of the series, 6-5.

Jeff Shipton got the ball rolling for the hometown Flyers, as the talented forward worked hard along the half wall to free the puck from a Rangers defender, making his way to the front of the net, where he received the puck from Paul Wiens. With a defender draped all over him, Shipton tipped the pass high glove, beating Rangers goalie Darin Allen for the 1-0 lead.

Shipton’s goal proved to be the eventual game-winner.

With the Senior Flyers leading 1-0, Paul Wiens extended his team’s lead roughly two minutes into the second off a beautiful goal, as Wiens led a two-on-one, electing to keep the puck, shooting a perfectly placed backhand that beat Allen high, far side over the glove.

Tyler Loney added a third on the power-play with just under two minutes to play in the second, and Jeff Fast scored an empty-net goal, producing the 4-0 final.

Senior Flyers goalie Jared Andersen was solid in net for Fort St. John, making countless big saves to preserve the shutout. By the conclusion of the game, Andersen had made 23 saves for the goose egg victory.

Following the win, Senior Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy spoke about the recent play of his team, resulting in their six game winning streak.

“The boys have been playing really well lately, our passing is good, our hustle is good, our forecheck, everything is going good. Then tonight, the young fellow played good in net, you couldn’t get anything by him.”

Coach Leahy also discussed his thoughts on the 2012/2013 season, saying he has a special feeling about this year.

“Well, it’s always a little anti-climactic when you’re not going into the playoffs, and it’s been like that every year. But I feel especially good about this year with the strong finish we had, and we didn’t have a lot of bodies, but the boys played smart, and dumped it in well, played hard, played well defensively in our own end. I feel really good about the finish of the league.”

The Senior Flyers will now have themselves a break from competitive hockey before the start of the Savage Cup, but have recently scheduled two exhibition games versus the Innisfail Eagles, in Innisfail, Alberta March 9 and 10.

The head coach says it will be a good test for his club, as the Eagles are a very talented, well coached team in the Chinook Hockey League, sitting second only behind the Bentley Generals.

The exhibition series will be a great tune up for the Savage Cup, which will be hosted by Fort St. John March 21-25 versus the Powell River Regals.