Flyers go 1-1 versus Sparta’s in pre-season action this past weekend

Flyers logo. Courtesy: Paul Van Nostrand.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers hosted the Kelowna Sparta at the North Peace Arena on Saturday and Sunday for an exhibition series.

Saturday’s game had the home side lead 2-1 after twenty minutes of play as Brady Busche and Rick Cleaver would find twine for the Flyers. Reid Campbell would collect assists on both goals while Robbie Sidhu would be the set up man on the first. Goaltender Travis Mclean faced 14 shots.

Steven Fast would score 1:37 into the second frame with an unassisted goal. Adam Horst would make it 4-2 just after the halfway mark of the period, with Busche and Cleaver getting the helpers.

Though thee third period was filled with penalties, both teams failed to capitalize until Jeff Shipton would score for the Flyers with 22 seconds left, assisted by Adam Horst.

Brady Busche would lead the way with a goal and two assists, Rick Cleaver and Adam Horst would chip in a goal and a assist while Reid Campbell dished out two assists.

In Game Two, the Flyers scored first courtesy of Robbie Sidhu, who put the biscuit in the basket 6:34 in. Steven Fast and Jeff Fast would tally assists on Sidhu’s goal. However, four quick goals for the Sparta in a five minute span meant the Flyers were sitting with a 4-1 deficit before Adam Horst cut into the lead with goal for the Flyers, set up by Alex Hartman and Jeff Shipton. Shots were 10-6 in favour of Kelowna after 20 minutes.

Both teams traded chances in an evenly-played second frame until Keenan Larson made it 4-3 for Fort St. John with 5:32 remaining. But, before the buzzer sounded, the away side would add another to make it 5-3.  The Flyers would make a goalie change midway through the period as Dylan Bergmark would take over the crease patrolling duties for Ty Gullickson.

Rick Cleaver would bulge the twine with 7:15 remaining in the game to make it an interesting 5-4 hockey game, helped by Horst and Shipton. Unfortunately the Spartas would score just 1:36 later to make the final score 6-4 for Kelowna. The Flyers would fire a total of 28 shots on the visitors goaltender.

The Flyers will make cuts before this weekend when they are off to Grande Prairie to open their season on Saturday. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m.

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