The Senior Flyers will enjoy some tougher competition over the next couple of days.
On Thursday night, the Flyers host the Spirit River Rangers, who sit in second place in the NPHL.
The Flyers have beaten Spirit River in both matchups so far this season, 8-3 on Dec. 12th, and 6-3. two nights later. The first of those two was played in FSJ, and was a very chippy and physical affair. The Rangers racked up 49 minutes in penalties in the game, and payed for it, conceding 3 powerplay goals. After that game, Flyers coach Adam Brash said it was typical of the way the Rangers play.
Spirit River was more disciplined two nights later on their home ice, and did keep the game closer. The game was scoreless through an excellent first period, and the Rangers did have the opportunity to close the gap with some late powerplay time, but again negated the chance with a penalty of their own, and fell 6-3.
But despite that, the Rangers remain within 5 points of Fort St. John for top spot in the league. They (16-4-1) boast a team of feisty players, including the league’s top scorer, Mike Lefley (38+35=73 points in 21 games).
They also have a new goaltender, Darin Allen, who returns to the NPHL, after being named the league’s top goaltender in 2005/06.
On Friday night, the Flyers host the Fairview Kings. The Kings have lost all three matchups this season (6-2 on Nov. 28, 16-1 Dec. 5th, 8-2 Jan 16th), but they do boast some former pro talent (including the skilled Mike Barrie, as well as Darren Van Impe, who played 411 games in the NHL), and have beaten Spirit River twice on the season.
Both games go at 8:30 at the North Peace Arena.