The Yeti came out flying to start the first period trying to make amends for Friday’s lopsided 9-2 loss to the Flyers. Fort Nelson sent 13 shots on goaltender Jared Andersen, but he stood tall in the net turning them all aside. Flyers Head Coach Gerard Dicaire gave props to Fort Nelson for coming out of the gate hard but was happy how the Flyers played in the final 40 minutes.
“They came out pretty hard. Our first period wasn’t very good. Credit to them: they came out, they were ready to play,” he explains. “Our guys got a little fancy right off the start. We came in and had a talk about playing our systems and our game plan and the second and third were a lot better.”
Dicaire was particularly happy with how his defence responded after the first period of play.
“The first period they had 13 shots and they only had 16 the night before,” he says. “We talked about that so the rest of the game they ended up with 21 overall. That was a big discussion about keeping shots down. That was part of our goal this year.”
Scoring in order for the Flyers were Arlo Hadland, Aaron Schepers, Adam Horst, Robbie Sidhu, and Clayton Bahm. The assists went to Jeff Shipton, who had two helpers, Payden Wongstedt, Darren Goulet, Brady Busche, and Robbie Sidhu.
Fort St. John also outshot the Yeti 30-28, and will head to Fort Nelson in January of next year for another exhibition series. The Yeti will continue working at putting the necessary pieces together as they hope to join the North Peace Hockey League next season.
The Flyers will now continue with practices leading up to the regular season opener on Saturday night when the team hits the road to Grande Prairie. Faceoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. local time.