The Flyer’s annual teddy bear toss went down as a success on Saturday night.
Not only did fans litter the ice with donations upon the flyers first goal, scored by Ian Munro. The Flyers also earned another victory in an exciting, fast paced 9-7 win over the Dawson Creek Canucks.
A score which was achieved despite the Flyers having a short bench, with only five spares available in the game.
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Leading the way in the offensive onslaught was Fort St. John forward Matt Shuya, who had a hat trick for the Flyers, and defensemen Brent Loney, who helped by scoring twice and assisting on two goals.
Although, the Flyers suffered a scare in the second period, as forward Adam Horst left the game after colliding with a Canuck.
Fans were relieved to see him return to action shortly after leaving the ice and the skilled forward did not seem to miss a beat, scoring once and adding two helpers. Horst Assisted on Shuya’s second goal as the two executed a two on one to perfection.
Credit must be given to Dawson Creek. Despite the team being down by a score of 9-4, the Canucks showed great resiliency by keeping up the pressure and scoring multiple goals during the last ten minutes of the game. Canuck’s Forward Chris Stevens matched the performance of Flyer’s Matt Shuya, scoring a hat trick himself.
The Game also involved some controversy, as Flyer’s defensemen Bryan Lewis was ejected halfway through the second period. Lewis argued a penalty called on him, which eventually led to his ejection.
The disgruntled player showed his displeasure with the call, throwing a water bottle onto the ice upon exiting the game.
Regardless, it was a successful night for the Fort St. John Flyers, as multiple donations were made and the Flyers left the North Peace Arena evening up the home and home series against the Canucks.
The Flyers hit the ice next on Dec.18 when they travel to Hythe to take on the Mustangs.