Head coach Gerard Dicaire said it was great to defeat a rival team but expressed his dissatisfaction in the Rangers having less than 15 players in the line-up for the game.
“There’s no love loss between the two teams. We don’t like them, they don’t like us. We lost to them in the playoffs four straight to them last year. I’m kind of disappointed they only brought 13 guys because it would have been a lot better game had they brought a full squad.”
The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period but the Flyers responded with two in the second and two in the third. The Flyers dominated the third period but Dicaire attributed that to the limited number of skaters on the Spirit River side.
“It was moreso them being tired than anything and preaching to these guys to stick with the game plan. We had been playing well all night so just keep playing on the body and their going to quit eventually and they did”
To start the season goaltender Jared Andersen will be getting some increased playing time as regular starter Troy Hunt is battling knee issues. The goaltender situation however will be monitored as the season progresses.
The Flyers will open the NPHL season on the road in Falher on November 1.