The Fort St John Peewee AA Flyers travelled to Quesnel this past weekend finishing with 2 wins, a tie and a loss, and coming away with the third place trophy.
It was another great result after their tournament win in Burns Lake two weeks before.
Fort St John 6 Kitimat 5
The Flyers opened the tournament with a close game against a Kitimat team that played hard right to the end. Fort St John jumped out to a 4 -1 lead but Kitimat fought back to tie the game in the third period, setting the stage for Darin O’Hanley’s winning goal with 2 minutes left. Scoring for the Flyers were Thomas Webster (2 goals, 1 assist), Brandon Howard (3 assists), Darin O’Hanley (2 goals), Lien Miller-Jeannotte (1 goal, 1 assist), Brayden Hickey (2 assists), Jake Gardner (1 goal), Brittany Bakstad (1 assist) and Josh Lucas (1 assist). Sean Gjernes was in the nets making the big saves when it counted. Flyers players of the game were Darin O’Hanley on offense and Aiden June on defense.
Fort St John 4 Smithers 4
In their second game Fort St John ran into a determined Smithers team and were forced to come from behind to salvage a tie. Down 4 -2 at the half way mark of the third period the Flyers began to press the issue and were finally able to tie it on a goal by Brittany Bakstad with a minute left. Scoring for the Flyers were Brittany Bakstad (1 goal, 1 assist), Darin O’Hanley (1 goal), Lien Miller-Jeannotte (1 goal), Josh Lucas (1 goal), Brayden Hickey (1 assist), Jake Gardner (1 assist), Kane Shallow (1 assist), Thomas Webster (1 assist) and Jeff Bochon (1 assist). Garet Whitford was solid in goal, keeping the Flyers in the game until they could mount their comeback. Flyers’ players of the game were Jeff Bochon on offense and Brittany Bakstad on defense.
Fort St John 4 Prince George 2
Fort St John played one of their best games this season in beating very solid Prince George team. After weathering sustained pressure and some penalty trouble early in the game, the Flyers came back and took it to the Prince George squad in the second half, scoring goals on the power play and a short-handed in the third period to take the win. Scoring for the Flyers were Lien Miller-Jeannotte (2 goals, 1 assist), Thomas Webster (3 assists), Brandon Howard (1 goal, 1 assist) and Aiden June (1 goal). Sean Gjernes was outstanding in goal for the Flyers making a number of spectacular saves to shut down the Prince George snipers. Flyers’ offensive and defensive players of the game were Thomas Webster and Sean Gjernes.
Terrace 9 Fort St John 1
After finishing second in the round-robin portion of the tournament, Fort St John was up against third-place Terrace with the winner going to the tournament final. Unfortunately, the Flyers came out flat against a fast, hard-working Terrace squad and were soon down by 3 goals. Fort St John was unable to turn the momentum their way and Terrace took advantage of the Flyers being forced to play catch-up from the start of the game. Jake Gardner had the lone goal for Fort St John.
Fort St John Tournament MVPâ€™s were: Offense – Lien Miller-Jeannotte; Defence – Kane Shallow and Goal – Sean Gjernes.