By Jon Zacks
The Flyers extended their winning-and-improving streak to four games, in a 6-1 victory over Dawson Creek on Thursday night.
It was the Senior Canucks who drew first blood, when Faron Duthie banged in a powerplay goal five minutes in.
But, from there on out, the Flyers again protected an injured Derek Mettauer, who only had to face 17 shots on the night, and rarely a second opportunity. “He’s a trooper, and he’s a warrior” said Coach Adam Brash of Mettauer’s performance. “He’s helping the boys out, and they’re playing for him.”
In fact, Brash admits having an injured goaltender behind his team over the past few games has potentially helped his club. “The guys are more aware … I think we’ve had four or five straight games now where we’re playing just good smart hockey.”
Rod Stevens played his first game of the season, and scored a breakaway goal in the second period. Ryan Carter also checked into the lineup, joining Stevens and Paul Wiens on a forward line, and scoring his own goal in the second. “It was pretty tiring” admitted Rod Stevens after the game. “I tried to keep my shifts real short, and keep things simple out there.”
Stevens had joined the Flyers for the McKenzie Cup in Red Deer last spring, but this season, is hoping to get a few regular season and exhibition games under his belt before the Allan Cup.
Making life a little harder for guys like Stevens and Mettauer was a half-hour delay in starting the game, because of a lack of officials. But, after a slow start, the pace of the game gradually picked up, although the game never developed physically.
Fort St. John’s ‘Kid Line’ also got in on the scoring, with Jeff Fast, Jeff Shipton, and Adam Horst each contributing a goal and an assist (a goal and two assists for Horst). Nathan Waberski rounded out the Flyers scoring.
The Flyers wrap up their regular season on Saturday night, when they host the Grande Prairie Athletics.
Stay tuned for information on upcoming exhibition games against teams from Prince George and Whitehorse.