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By Jon Zacks


The Flyers wrapped up the weekend in style, posting a dominating 13-2 victory in the second leg of their exhibition series in Whitehorse on Saturday night.

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After jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first period, the Flyers made it a blowout in the second, spurred on by the line of Ian Munro, Kimbi Daniels, and Ryan Manitowich. Munro had begun the game as the Flyers’ 10th forward, but joined Daniels and Manitowich after Matt Shuya had fought Kristian Jefkins in defence of Daniels in the first period. Munro posted a natural hat-trick in a span of 3:16, and added his fourth goal of the game in the third period. Kimbi Daniels also impressed, chipping in two goals and five assists. Other Flyers goals came from Andrew Derton (2), Ryan Manitowich, Luke Middleton, Todd Alexander, Jeff Fast, and David Alexander.

After keeping his team in the game on Friday night, Huskies goaltender Cory McEachran couldn’t repeat the feat on Saturday. The two-time Allan Cup winner was pulled after Fort St. John’s seventh goal, but had to come back into the net halfway through the third, after backup Brian Power couldn’t stop the bleeding.

Troy Hunt returned to the Flyers goal, and posted 29 minutes of shutout hockey, before being replaced by Clayton Pool, who played the second half of the game.

Derek Johnstone and Lucas Franzen scored for Whitehorse.

The Huskies struggled with discipline all night, and the Flyers made them pay. Twice, Whitehorse players dropped their gloves and tried to fight Flyers forward Evan Boire, but Boire refused to drop the gloves, earning his team valuable powerplay time. The Flyers certainly made the Huskies pay, scoring six powerplay goals, as well as a short-handed marker.

The Flyers will now spend the night in Whitehorse, before getting up early on Sunday morning for the long bus-ride back to Fort St. John.

Their next exhibition games are scheduled for April 9-10 in Prince George.

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