The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but penalty trouble got the better of the Flyers in the frame and Dawson Creek was able to tie the game at 2.
Fort St. John was able to restore the lead in the opening minute and a half of the second, but the Canucks responded again and took a one goal lead after scoring two mid way through the second. The Flyers took the opportunity to issue a response of their own as they scored twice in 1:05 in the final six minutes to take a 5-4 lead to the dressing room after 40 minutes of play.
The third period was relatively quiet with both teams trying not to make a mistake, but the Flyers were able to add one goal to round out the scoring.
Head Coach Gerard Dicaire says that while it may sound odd having a full lineup was different for the team and it took them awhile to adjust to playing lesser minutes. It was also a frustrating to play the kind of hockey Dawson Creek forces their opponents to play.
“We’ve only had 12 guys coming out on the road so I don’t think the guys were use to playing four lines. It’s hard when you’re playing 30 minutes a night and going down to 15,” he explains. “Dawson sucks you into their vortex of hockey. They suck you into a run and gun game. It’s tough to play against.”
Having a full roster was also a challenge for Dicaire when it came to putting the lines for the evening together, but he stuck with his big guns with Kyle Leahy, Adam Horst and Trevor Fitzgerald and they rewarded him with three points during the game.
“I like to keep that Fitzy, Leahy, Horst line together, and then Fasty and Shipton and I’ve been rotating either Novak or Scheps in with them. I just run whoever shows up underneath them. I had to sit a guy tonight, I haven’t had to do that for a long time. It’s tough when you get four lines.”
Scoring in order for the Flyers were Jeff Shipton, Kyle Leahy, Robbie Sidhu, Matt Shuya, Jeff Shipton, and Jeff Fast.
Troy Hunt was between the pipes for the game. He stopped 19 of 23 shots in the game.
The Flyers are currently on their winter break and will return to action on January 2 as they travel to Dawson Creek at 8:30 p.m.