The Cinderella story Tracker Flyers defeated the St. Albert Blues and are now the first team in club history to be named NAMHL champions.
In the nail biting fifth and final championship game, the Flyers once again engaged in a goal filled affair with the Blues, emerging victorious with a 7-5 win. Despite the Flyers never trailing in the game, St. Albert put forth a valiant effort, tying the game four times, before the Flyers could score their sixth and game winning goal.
The sunday afternoon game began with the Flyers jumping out to a quick two goal lead, with Alex Cameron opening the scoring. Logan Daneluk would increase Fort St. John’s lead to two, with a five-on-three man advantage goal.
Although with only 1:30 left in the opening frame, St. Albert would cut the deficit in half, after a nice passing play was capped off by Blues forward Ryley King.
The second period would open with yet another power play marker for the Blues. The effective power play, which scored four times in game four, struck again only 2:30 into the second frame, tying the game at twos.
However, undiscouraged by the score, Fort St. John continued to battle, retaking the lead only four minutes later. Connor Fynn made a nice move around a Blues defender, before roofing the puck high glove for the 3-2 lead.
The lead would not last long, as a Blues breakaway goal would knot the game at threes. Although, the afternoon theme would continue, as the Flyers regained the the 4-3 lead once again, thanks to Alex Cameron’s second goal of the afternoon.
The third period would begin with the Flyers concluding an unsuccessful five minute power play, which would prove to be costly. St. Albert would tie the game at fours, only 1:54 into the final period.
The Flyers refused to get down on themselves and the positivity would pay off. While short handed, the Flyers scored possibly the biggest goal of the game, aside from the game winner. With Logan Daneluk hard on the forecheck, he would strip the puck from a Blues defensemen, break in all alone and score a beautiful short handed goal for a 5-4 Flyers lead.
Credit must be given to St. Albert, who rather then fold under the pressure, embraced the challenge, and once again evened the score with only 5:21 left in the game.
With the game tied at five, Logan Daneluk would score a goal he’ll remember for the rest of his life. Daneluk received a beautiful backdoor pass from Dylan Houle, tapping in the game winning goal to complete a championship winning hattrick.
With the Blues net empty and the extra attacker on the ice, Connor Fynn would score his second of the night into the empty net, sending the Flyers bench, coaching staff and the fan filled arena into a frenzy of ecstatic cheers.
The Tracker Flyers had comeback down two game to one, winning both home games to earn the title of NAMHL champions.
After a long and well earned celebration, an extremely emotional Tracker Flyers head coach Barry Reynard, reflected on the game. He said it was a dream come true to win the first ever Tracker Flyers league championship with his team and was so proud of how the players put it all on the table.
Logan Daneluk also talked about the game, saying the feeling of winning was indescribable and "insane". Daneluk described the afternoon affair as the biggest game of his life and one he’ll always remember. He also gave credit to the coaching staff, who preached teamwork and well structured systems throughout the entire season. He credited those values and lessons to the success of the team.
Daneluk also talked about the importance of positivity on the bench and despite St. Albert constantly tying the game up, the team kept focused, stayed positive and continued to battle.
Before this season, the Tracker Flyers had never made it out of the first round of the playoffs. This year, they never lost a post season game at home, never quit and constantly remained positive. As a result, they are the first Tracker Flyer NAMHL champions in the history of the team.