Game three between the Flyers and Lakeland Eagles wasn’t even close.
The final score was 21-7 for the Senior Flyers, as they completed the first round sweep. Dustin Kersey had four goals on the night, while Ian Munro and Matt Shuya had 3 each. Matt Shuya now leads the NPHL, with 18 playoffs points, just ahead of Kersey’s 17.
Elsewhere in the NPHL, Spirit River completed the sweep, with 3-1 win over Hythe, while Grande Prairie made short work of High Prairie, winning game three 6-1. The only quarterfinal series still going is Falher vs. Peace River. The Pirates currently lead the series 2 games to 1, with game four scheduled for Tuesday night. If Falher wins it, then the Flyers will face Spirit River in the semi-finals, with game 1 ready to go on Thursday night at the NPA. If Peace River wins, the teams will have to await the result of Thursday’s game 5, because if Peace River wins the series, they will advance to play Fort St. John in the second round.
There’s not much doubt in the Flyers camp who the team hopes to play. With the AAA MacKenzie Cup approaching, the Flyers are hoping to get the toughest competition they can, which would ideally be a semi-final against Spirit River and a final against Grande Prairie. In the final game of the regular season, the Flyers and Rangers combined for nearly 300 minutes in penalties, in an 8-5 Fort St. John win. Matt Shuya broke his nose and put his teeth through his bottom lip on a high-stick from Colin Lefley, so there’s not much doubt who he wants to play. "Spirit River," says Shuya, "for the challenge, yes. But I’ve got two reasons…"
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