The FSJ Pee Wee AA Flyers comeback to win the two game series in Spirit River on Sunday after losing the first game at home.
In a tentative first game the Flyers couldn’t put the puck in the net and lost 4-2 even though they outshot the Rangers 28-18. The Flyers scored first when Ricky Bateman netted one from Nolan Lagace with only 1:45 left in the first. The Rangers tied the game with only 12 seconds left in the first and then took a lead 4-1 when they scored two in the second and one more in the third on the powerplay as the Flyers found themselves in penalty trouble. The Flyers potted one more by Sheldon Loewen from James Bowie and Jarod Lang to bring the Flyers within two but that was all the Flyers could muster and the score remained unchanged. The Flyers knew their backs were against the wall going into Spirit River.
On Sunday, it was a different story as the Flyers challenged early and scored two goals in the first two minutes of the game when Jeff Bochon ripped a slapshot from a Bateman pass and Loewen fired one over the shoulder on a sweet passing play from Lang and Brysan Eklund. The Flyers made it 3-0 in the first when Bateman netted one of his own from Gavin Gould.
The Rangers made it 3-1 half way through the second but with only 0.6 seconds on the clock Alex Hartman stormed in to net Bateman’s rebound to give the Flyers the three goal lead that they needed to take the series. Lane Delfs was solid in net not allowing the Rangers to gain any momentum.
Hartman netted his second from Chase Allam and Bateman to make it 5-1 in the third and to give the Flyers a little breathing room. The Flyers didn’t let up and Bochon went end to end and back handed a shot into the corner of the net to make it 6-1.
There was no more scoring; therefore, the Flyers won the series 8-5 in total goals. They will play off for the Tier 1 banner next weekend.