Flyers finish second in North Peace Hockey League’s West Division after loss to Athletics

The Flyers fell behind early as Grande Prairie came out strong to start the game. The Athletics scored less than five minutes in and eventually had a 3-0 lead before the period was eight minutes old. Fort St. John would respond with two goals in 28 seconds to close the gap to one, but Grande Prairie added a fourth goal in the opening frame and led 4-2 after 20 minutes.

When play resumed in the second Grande Prairie restored their three goal lead with a power play goal 1:19 into the period. Fort St. John would score once in the second to make things 5-3 and the score would hold heading into the third.

Grande Prairie put the game away as the puck dropped on the third period. The Athletics built their lead to 7-3 but two late goals by Fort St. John made the final 7-5.

Scoring in order for the Flyers were Jeff Shipton, Payden Wongstedt, Bryce Novak, Robbie Sidhu, and Jeff Shipton.

Shots on goal at the end of the game were 35-31 for the Athletics.

The game was the last of the regular season for Fort St. John. The team will now face either the Dawson Creek Canucks or the Spirit River Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.

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