The Flyers opened the scoring 2:27 into the opening period, however Falher would tie the game in the first and the teams went to the dressing room tied at one after the first.
The second period was nearly flawless for Fort St. John as they were very smooth with their passes and execution of scoring opportunities. The Flyers dominated as they scored four goals to lead 5-1 as the second period came to a close.
It looked like it would be more of the same as the third period began as the Flyers increased their lead to 6-1, however two goals from the Pirates mid way through the period in a 57 second span made the score 6-3. The Flyers would then be short handed as a result of a major penalty and a minor penalty during the penalty kill, and the Pirates would capitalize to make the score 6-4, and netting one more at even strength with 1:01 remaining to close the gap to one. An empty netter for the Flyers would end the comeback hopes for Falher.
Head Coach Gerard Dicaire wasn’t happy with how the team played in the third, and feels the Flyers were fortunate to escape with the win.
“In the third we took two idiotic penalties that have been killing us all year that we talk about every game, and they made it a game. We got away with one there,” he says. “It’s a fine line because you can either skate it out of them, which we don’t have many practices now with these make up games, or hold them accountable by limiting ice time. I think it’s more going to come from guys within the room. They’re battling together so they can hold each other more accountable than I can sitting there yelling at them or sitting them on the bench.”
The Jekyll and Hyde tendencies is something that has Dicaire concerned so far this season as the team struggles to put forth good efforts game in and game out.
“We go to Grande Prairie and play a hell of a game against them against them with 11 guys then we come out and put an effort in like this, it scares me,” Dicaire admits. “It scares me that we can flip a switch and be that good then turn it off and be that bad tonight. It’s scary but consistency is part of the game. That’s what makes good teams good is being consistent.
Scoring in order for the Flyers were Kyle Leahy, Aaron Schepers, Adam Horst, Jeff Shipton, Aaron Schepers, Kyle Leahy, and Matt Shuya.
Next up for the Senior Flyers is a home game on December 4 at 8:30 p.m. against the Grande Prairie Athletics. The game is a make up from the November 16th postponement between the two teams.