Despite having the Athletics open the scoring 2:20 into the first period, the frame was largely controlled by the Flyers. FortSt. John tied the game at the midway point, and had a significant edge in shots 19-8.
A back and forth second period saw seven goals scored. The teams alternated goals with the Flyers taking a one goal lead to the dressing room 5-4. Shots were 36-14 heading into the third.
The final period was back and forth as both teams had a chance to either win or tie the game, however, both goalies stood tall. No goals were scored as the Flyers hung on to take the win.
Head Coach Gerard Dicaire says the feeling was great in the dressing room after the game, and he looks forward to potentially meeting the Athletics in the postseason.
“It feels good. They were 7-0 coming in and we felt like they stole one on us last Thursday. We had a full bench here tonight and it feels good to beat them,” he says. “We know we’re going to end up playing them or Spirit [River] in the playoffs down the road anyway so it’s good to have a good game against them.”
Dicaire was happy with the effort throughout the game but also knows there is room for improvement in a number of areas for the Flyers going forward.
“I don’t want to take anything away from the guys, but we have some learning to do with playing with the lead with how we went back and forth with them,” he explains. “What we talked about going into the third was we need to learn to do this come February/March. Overall it was a good game we can build off; it was a good performance by the fellas.”
One obstacle that the Flyers are contending with is a lack of practice time because of make up games being rescheduled. Dicaire says it’s hard to work on improving certain areas of the team, but they are making the best of the current situation.
“It’s tough. With these two Wednesday games that got rescheduled, we don’t have a practice until December 16, and we haven’t practiced for a couple of weeks now,” he states. “It’s hard to work on stuff. You need the ice time to do it in practice instead of just drawing it up and trying to show them. It is what it is and we’ll go from there.”
Scoring in order for the Flyers were Clay Peck, Aaron Schepers, Adam Horst, Payden Wongstedt, and Arlo Hadland. Assists went to Dylan Apsassin, Jeff Shipton, Mike Shipton, Jeff Shipton (2), Trevor Fitzgerald (2), Kyle Leahy, Clay Peck, Aaron Schepers.
Next for the Flyers is another home game on Friday night as they take on SpiritRiver at 8:30 p.m.