The Senior Flyers got back into the win column, with a 5-4 victory over the Hythe Mustangs on Friday night.
Donny Lloyd scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 25 seconds remaining. Andrew Derton also scored a pair, and Arlo Hadland added a single.
Jay Christie, Trevor Mazurek, and Ryan Lizotte (2) scored for Hythe.
Derek Metteaur earned his first win of the season in the Fort St. John goal, after coming in to relieve Troy Hunt. Hunt had to leave the game early in the first period, with an ankle injury, though Flyers trainer Bryce Kelly says the injury isn’t serious.
The Flyers were coming off what coach Adam Brash referred to as an ‘all-time low’ in Thursday’s loss to Dawson Creek, but had to overcome the injury to Hunt, as well as some inconsistent refereeing. They had four players kicked out of the game, including Matt Shuya (for an alleged hit to the head), and Andrew Derton, Clayton Bahm, and Gerard Dicaire (all for criticizing the ref). Brash says the penalties were the result of his team bringing more intensity than they had the previous night. "We’re coming off the bottom, and emotions were running high and we were trying to be more physical. When you do that, some of the calls go your way, and maybe not … A lot of them were penalties, and when you’re chirping at a ref, it’s his right to give you ten and a game."
Defenceman Donny Lloyd admitted the game was a bit of a roller-coaster ride, and he says high emotions are a product of what the team is going through. "After going through such a low last night, and then today it seems like there were a lot of highs." Lloyd had played with a handful of the Mustangs the previous two seasons in Spirit River, and says controlling emotions in such games is vital. "It’s always good to have that high emotion, but you want to be able to try and control it, and play even keel throughout the game … I thought we handled it pretty well."
Fort St. John’s next game is Thursday (Jan. 14th) in Dawson Creek, which will be broadcast live on Moose FM. On Saturday, the Flyers host the Mustangs once again. Saturday’s game is ‘Seniors Appreciation night’, meaning anyone 60 or older will get in free.