FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers fell to the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks in the team’s single preseason game this past Friday at the North Peace Arena.
The Flyers were on the board first less than five minutes into the first, when Dan Pappin fired a shot past Dawson netminder Steven Ridley, assisted by Cole Calliou and Devan Greyeyes. Dawson Creek answered back six minutes later on the powerplay, but Brennan Giroux put the Flyers ahead once again with 4 minutes left in the first, helped by Jeff Shipton and Marshall Sidwell.
The Flyers continued their dominance into the second period, going up 4-1 with a pair of goals from Andrew Payou. Rick Cleaver and Jeff Shipton both tallied assists on those goals.
Sadly, the Flyers didn’t seem to generate the offence seen in the first two frames, as Dawson Creek went on to score three unanswered goals, two of which happened in the final two minutes to force sudden death overtime. In the end, it was Dawson Creek who got the sudden win when Jeff Taylor scored for the Sr. C’s with just over a minute and a half remaining.
The Flyers start their 2016-2017 NPHL season at home next weekend when they host the Grande Prairie Athletics at the North Peace Arena. The puck drops on Saturday night at 8:00.