By Jon Zacks
** Update – the games will now start at 8pm and the pre-game at 7:45pm on 100.1 Moose FM or online at www.energeticcity.ca/moosefm
Fort St. John’s Senior Flyers are set to make their biggest road trip of the season, as they head to the Yukon to take on the Whitehorse Huskies for a two-game exhibition set.
For the Flyers, it’s one more chance to elevate their game, as they approach April’s Allan Cup in Fort St. John. After this weekend, the Flyers have only two more exhibition games scheduled (in Prince George on the 9th and 10th of April). For the Huskies, it’s a chance to fine-tune their game, with Whitehorse set to take on Powell River in early April, for the B.C. berth at the Allan Cup.
Flyers GM Rob Larson says he expects several of his team’s out-of-town players to join the team for the trip, including Calgary’s Ryan Manitowich, and Prince George’s Tyler Brough. Goaltender Clayton Pool may end up playing both games, after recording wins in all three of his starts for the Flyers so far. In addition, Larson says forwards Kimbi Daniels and Chris Stevens should be in the lineup, as will Stevens’ Dawson Creek teammate Kip Noble.
The Flyers will be missing a few regulars, including Paul Wiens, Gerard Dicaire, and possibly Tyler Loney. Rod Stevens will also miss the trip, as will Ryan Carter. But, Larson says he still expects a healthy roster for the series, as the team makes the most of one of few remaining chances to play competitive hockey.
While the Huskies have been out of the Senior ‘AAA’ fold for a while, they still have a wealth of talented players, including forward John Craighead, who played five games with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs in 1996-97, as part of a 13-year professional career. Whitehorse’s other high profile players include defenceman Graham Belak, who played AHL hockey with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and Ryan Esselmont and Brandon Fleenor, both of whom had extended pro careers.
This weekend’s games will be broadcast live on Moose FM, and online at energeticcity.ca. They start at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, at Whitehorse’s Takhini Arena.
***The Flyers will also be missing leading scorer Adam Horst, who is competing at the Red Bull Crashed Ice championship in Quebec City.