The Hythe Mustangs provided one period of stiff competition on Tuesday night.
But in the second, the Flyers opened the flood-gates, leading to a 10-1 win.
The first period was a very fast and physical period, perhaps even more so than had been the recent AAA games against Stony Plain. The Flyers emerged from the opening frame with just a 1-0 lead, courtesy of a Luke Middleton partial breakaway. Middleton was playing forward for the night, alongside Aaron Scheppers, who was playing his first game of the season, after just resigning with the team on the weekend.
In the second, the Flyers took over. Goals came fast and often, and also on the powerplay – something the Flyers had struggled with against Stony Plain. Todd Alexander made it 2-0 early in the second, when he drove down the right wing and towards the net. His shot was stopped by Mustangs starter Mike Walker, but the puck appeared to bounce off Walker, and then off a defenceman and in. Within 2 minutes, Dustin Kersey made it 3-0, firing home a rebound on an Arlo Hadland point shot. It would be Hadland’s first of four points on the night, as his point shots continually created rebound opportunities.
Cole Walker soon made it 3-1, when he jammed the only Hythe goal on the night past Chad Vizzutti, who stuck around in the Peace for an extra couple of days, to get some more game action before returning home.
After a nifty cross-ice pass from Adam Loncan, Arlo Hadland added a goal, firing home a wrist shot from the top of the circle.
Paul Wiens soon got in on the action, knocking home an Arlo Hadland rebound. His goal would be the end for Mike Walker, who was replaced by Kevin Tillotson in the Hythe goal. Wiens’ goal added to an assist earlier in the game, and he would complete the Gordie Howe hat-trick with a fight late in the third. Wiens joined Tyler Loney in the showers, after Loney mixed it up with Dustin Oakford just after leaving the penalty box in the third.
Ian Munro rounded out the scoring in the second period, while Jeff Fast, Adam Loncan, Kip Noble, and Bryan Lewis added third period markers, for a final score of 10-1.
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The Flyers’ next action is on Friday (Jan 16) when they visit the Fairview Kings – live on Moose FM.