Flyers Start the Season Right with a Win
The Knights of Columbus Bantam Tier 2 Flyers soundly defeated the Sexsmith Vipers 15-6, with a solid team effort, on Saturday afternoon in their first game of the All Peace League. Alex Hartman and Jeff Heber each earned a hat-trick for the Flyers in the high scoring affair. After being out since the first weekend of tryouts, Ryan Good was back on the ice, contributed 3 points and was an important part of the defense.
The Vipers scored first but Hartman tied the game on a nice setup from Ricky Bateman and Josh Lucas. The Vipers took the lead one minute later but it was short lived when Heber netted his first from Kayne Shallow. Jake Gardner gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead when he found the corner on a nice wrist shot and that is the way the score stayed until the second period.
Twenty seconds into the second frame, the Flyers were able to extend their lead when Thomas Webster netted his first from Darin O’Hanley. Only 42 seconds later Hartman snapped one top shelf from an excellent pass from Good to give the Flyers a 5-2 advantage. The Vipers scored one more before Heber banged in the rebound from Lien Miller-Jeannotte to make it 6-3. The Vipers made it 6-4 until O’Hanley blasted one top corner from Britney Bakstad’s pass. Again the Vipers fought back and found the back of the net to make it 7-5. Hartman set up Good and then Good set up O’Hanley to finish the scoring in the second frame, giving the Flyers a solid 9-5 lead.
Six times the Flyers found the net in the third, starting with a goal thirty seconds in when Shallow netted one from O’Hanley. Webster went end to end and sniped one top shelf in an unassisted goal a few minutes later. Bateman then banged one in from Lucas to make it 12-5. Hartman scored his final goal of the game when he slid in Lucas’ rebound. Heber then made his hat-trick from Miller-Jeannotte and Gavin Gould. Miller-Jeannotte finished the scoring with a solo effort to make it a 15-6 final. Lane Delfs earned the win in net for the Flyers.
The Knights of Columbus Flyers are off to Grande Prairie for a tournament next weekend. Their first home games will be at their tournament on December 3-5th.