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There was no heroic comeback in the final game of the McKenzie Cup for the Fort St. John Flyers.

Despite their best efforts to tie the game, the Flyers were unable to even the score at threes in the third, losing the McKenzie Cup in the fifth and final game by a score of 3-2.

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In a penalty filled first period, the game began the exact same way the previous four had, with Bentley scoring the opening goal. Only 3:09 into the opening frame, Darryl Laplante picked up right where he left off in game four, scoring the game’s opening goal on Clayton Pool, giving Bentley yet another quick lead in McKenzie Cup.

The Generals would add to their lead in the first, courtesy of Kurt Bensmiller. With 10:30 left in the opening period, Clayton Pool would have trouble handling a rebound and Bensmiller would bury the lose puck, extending the Generals lead to 2-0.

Although the Flyers would cut the Generals lead in half before the end of the opening period. Kimbi Daniels would find himself on a short handed breakaway with only 2:15 left in the period. Daniels showed great skill, pulling the puck to his backhand and scoring, making it a 2-1 game for Bentley. Daniels’ goal was his first of the 2011 McKenzie Cup.

In the second period, the Generals would restore their two goal lead, thanks in large part to a lucky bounce. Harstad threw the puck in front of Fort St. John’s net and watched it deflect off a Flyer skate past Pool. The Unfortunate goal would give Bentley a 3-1 lead.

Roughly eight minutes into the third period, the Flyers would once again cut Bentley’s lead to a single goal. Kevin Werner would should the puck passed a screened Galenza, making it a 3-2 Bentley game.

With the Mckenzie Cup victory, the Bentley Generals will now travel to Kenora, Ontario to play for the Allan Cup. As for the Flyers, their season comes to an end despite a valiant effort put forth in the 2011 McKenzie Cup.

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