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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The lack of 60 minute efforts haunted the Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers during their pair of games against Fort McMurray over the weekend.
The Flyers trailed 3-0 after the 10 minute mark of the first period in Saturday’s game. With the Flyers reeling, they got a fortunate goal from James Kitney, assisted by Noah Lang. On that same shift, a beautiful three way passing goal made it 3-2, as again Kitney scored his second of the game assisted by Lang and Nathan Brownlee.

The Oil Barons made it 4-2 early in the second period, but the Flyers clawed their way back to make it a one goal game as Kitney tapped in his hat trick goal on a pass from Brownlee.

The Flyers fought all third period to tie it up and after a long stretch pass from Owen Floriant, Devan Minard tied it at 4 with a breakaway goal. Two unfortunate bounces went Fort Mac’s way late in the third, which lead to two goals. The Oil Barons added an empty-netter for a 7-4 final score.

On Sunday morning, the Flyers came out strong and after killing a 5-3 disadvantage in the first 5 minutes of the period, they dominated the play and missed on a number of great scoring chances as Fort Mac’s goalie came up huge to keep the score at 0 after one. The Flyers’ second period turned out to be their downfall, as the Oil Barons scored a trio of goals.

The Flyers went down by four goals early in the third period before mounting a late comeback attempt. This started on a 2-1 goal with Hunter Brown feeding Minard for his second goal in two games. On the power play with 6:25 left to go, Hunter Brown scored assisted by Lang. The Flyers battled the remaining time, which eventually ran out on them, leaving them 1-and-3 versus Fort MacMurray this season.

Coach Craig Brownlee says that he wants one thing from his team going into the holiday season: a 60 minute performance from his whole team.

The Flyers will look to turn their season back into the winning column in two weeks’ time as they head on the road to play Lloydminster, Wainwright and Lakeland.

Story submitted by Craig Brownlee, edited by Chris Newton.

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