Ross H. MacLean Flyers emerge as Peewee champs

In Saturday’s game one on the road, the Flyers got the ever important first goal, as Aiden Craig-Steele scored seven minutes into the game. Two minutes later, the lead was extended to 2-0, as Reid Jacobs fired in a goal from the point.

With three minutes left in the first period, the lead was cut in half, as the Vipers' persistence paid off, scoring to make it 2-1 following the first period of play.

In the second, the Flyers restored their two goal lead, as Craig-Steele finished off a three way passing play, scoring his second of the game for the 3-1 Fort St. John lead.

The score remained 3-1 until the halfway point of the third, when some sustained Vipers pressure paid off with a goal, producing a nail biting finish with the scoreboard now reading 3-2.

However, up to the challenge was Flyers goaltender Cameron Smethurst, who stood tall throughout a flurry of Valleyview pressure, making countless saves to preserve the one goal game, including a clutch breakaway save.

His forwards returned the favour with three minutes remaining, as Isaac Wagner scored to produce the 4-2 game one final.

In game two, the Flyers, playing on home ice, came out with a purpose and scored early, courtesy of Connor Bowie. Max Dobson and Jayden Greyeyes also added first period goals, concluding the opening frame with the hometown Peewee team with a 3-0 lead.

Despite a scoreless second period, there was plenty of action for Flyers goaltender Kale Goulet, who made a number of big saves to maintain the home team’s three goal lead.

Halfway through the third, Valleyview scored their first goal of the game, cutting the Flyers' lead to 3-1.

However, the Vipers were unable to score again, thanks in large part to a solid defensive effort from the Flyers, which paid off with seven minutes remaining, as Wagner and Craig-Steele combined to score a short-handed beauty, securing the Ross H. MacLean All Peace Championship.

Following a championship winning season with a record 30 wins, 12 losses and 4 ties, the Peewee Flyers will represent the Energetic City as the B.C. Provincial Championships in Salmon Arm next week.

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