If the Flyers’ New Year’s resolution was to produce more offense on the ice, then mission accomplished.
In Thursday night’s game against the Horse Lake Chiefs, the Fort St. John Flyers exploded offensively, beating the Chiefs by a score of 12-7. The victory was the Flyers’ third win in a row over Horse Lake.
The opening period started off at a furious pace, with both teams creating multiple opportunities to score. Although, it was Flyer’s goaltender Troy Hunt, who came up with two huge saves to keep Horse Lake off the score sheet.
The first came only two minutes into the game as a Chief player was sprung on a breakaway, only to be denied by Hunt. Minutes after, thanks to some nice passing by Horse Lake, Hunt found himself facing a two on one and yet again, prevented the Chiefs from scoring that critical first goal.
Cue the offense. The Flyers gave thanks to their goalie for his solid performance, scoring seven goals in the first period. The Flyers would score five more goals in the second and third periods, bringing their total on the evening to an impressive 12 goals.
Leading the way offensively for the Flyers was Donny Lloyd who had a hat trick and Jeff Fast, who scored once and added three assists. Todd Alexander also had an impressive game, providing four helpers in the win. A number of other Flyers also finished the game with multi-point nights.
Although, credit must be given to Horse Lake. Despite being down by as many as 7 goals at one point, the Chiefs never gave up. Horse Lake took advantage of a Flyers team who took their foot off the gas pedal in the final period. The Chiefs managed to score a number of goals in the third period, with captain Travis Cunningham having a four goal game.
Thursday’s game was a successful one for the Flyers, beating Horse Lake by a 12-7 final. Despite giving up multiple goals in the third period, their passing looked crisp, their hands soft and the teams chemistry looked sharp.
Hopefully the Flyers can keep the offense rolling throughout the second half of the season. One thing is certain, if the team can consistently play the same game displayed in the first two periods Thursday, they will be one tough opponent for opposing teams.