The Flyers took another step forward on Thursday night.
With just 12 skaters making the trip, and a call-up goalie behind them, the Flyers put in a solid road game, beating the Mustangs 5-2 in Hythe.
Adam Horst led the way offensively, scoring two goals – both of them on short-handed breakaways. Todd Alexander added a powerplay goal, while Mike Shipton (his first of the season) and Matt Shuya added even-strength markers.
Colin Lefley and Justin Paul replied for Hythe.
Ty Gullickson earned the win in goal for Fort St. John, after only finding out earlier in the day he would be needed. Both Troy Hunt and Derek Mettauer were unable to play, which prompted the Flyers to sign Gullickson to an emergency card, and start him in goal. “It was a blast” said the Huskies netminder, who skipped practice with the pups to join the senior club on the road. Gullickson also earned high praise from Coach Adam Brash, who said he wasn’t too surprised to see the youngter rise to the occasion. [asset|aid=2427|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=026e2d5ebbf27626b4b49369d83ce16f-brash-Ty_1_Pub.mp3]
Brash was also much happier with his team’s effort, saying the past couple of games have been strides in the right direction. [asset|aid=2428|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=026e2d5ebbf27626b4b49369d83ce16f-brash-momentum_1_Pub.mp3]
It was another physical and at-times chippy game against the Mustangs, who have filled out their roster with a handful of players from the defunct Spirit River Rangers. In the third period, David Alexander took exception to a questionable hit from Ryan Lizzotte, leading to a 10-player scrum. Alexander and Aaron Schepers were both ejected after the melee, and Schepers will likely be suspended for the next game, after he left the bench to accept a challenge from Scott Bowen.
Click here to listen to a highlights package from Thursday’s game. [asset|aid=2429|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=026e2d5ebbf27626b4b49369d83ce16f-flyers in hythe_1_Pub.mp3]
The Flyers host the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on Saturday night, at 8:30 at the North Peace Arena. Saturday is ‘Minor Hockey Night’ at the North Peace Arena, meaning all minor hockey players wearing their jerseys will get free admission to the game.