The Senior Flyers went to bed early on Friday night.
Leading 4-1 early in the second period, the Flyers let up, and allowed the Athletics back into the game.
Bryan Lewis opened the scoring, with his first of the season nine minutes into the game. A Troy Yarosh slap-shot that eluded Scott Baker gave the Athletics a powerplay goal two minutes later, and Clayton Bahm gave the Flyers the first intermission lead, when he jammed a Matt Shuya pass past David Larson.
Fort St. John opened up a three goal lead in the second, when Adam Horst deflected an Arlo Hadland point shot, and Todd Alexander fired a rocket of a backhander off the bar and in.
But, the Flyers soon found themselves on cruise control, which spelled disaster. The Athletics scored four straight goals, and had a 5-4 lead early in the third. Kelly McLeod got the ball rolling when he tipped a shot through Baker’s legs. Then Rod Bowers scored a pair of goals, one of which came on a GP powerplay. 1:41 into the third period, Brennan Jones elected to shoot on a short-handed 2-on-1, beating Baker to give the A’s a lead.
Rookie Bryce Novak scored the tying goal, when he walked out from the corner and roofed the puck over David Larson with eight minutes remaining in the third, to send the game to overtime.
But, in that final frame, the Flyers got too casual with the puck in their own zone, giving it away to Jordon Bombier, who fired the winner past Scott Baker.
“Stupid mental errors” were to blame, said Bryce Novak after the game, while GM Rob Larson suggested his team was overconfident. “I just get the sense from our team that they think that we can just walk over teams without playing a full game, and that just doesn’t happen.” Larson also suggested that with the January 10th deadline looming, some of his players will need to show more effort if they want to be part of the Allan Cup campaign. “Some guys don’t realize, but they might be on the outside looking in, if they don’t start changing their approach to the game.”
The Flyers’ next action is an exhibition series against Alberta’s Augustana College on January 2nd and 3rd, at the North Peace Arena. Tickets are available at Ernie’s Sports Experts, in the Totem Mall.
In other Flyers news, star-defenceman Kip Noble has joined his hometown Senior Canucks for the rest of the season. Rob Larson says the move was a mutual agreement, primarily so that the Dawson Creek native can play more NPHL games in advance of the Allan Cup. “He’ll still be a big part of our team when we play some ‘AAA’ exhibition games, or down the stretch for the Allan Cup” Larson says. “It just made sense number-wise, and he was able to get more games in there.” Larson says Noble, along with a few other Senior Canucks, will be in the lineup when the Flyers host Augustana College.