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The Flyers got off to a great start Saturday, scoring two goals within the game’s first ten minutes.

The scoring started off the stick of returning Flyer Gerard Dicaire, who netted the Flyers' first goal of the season 3:07 into the first period. The 1-0 lead was doubled roughly six minutes later, as Jeff Fast scored to make it 2-0 for the Flyers.

The second period began with the Athletics cutting Fort St. John’s lead in half, as Grande Prairie scored just 1:21 into the second, making it a 2-1 game.

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The goal seemed to spark the Flyers, who responded approximately a minute later, thanks to a short handed goal courtesy of Matt Shuya, resulting in the scoreboard reading 3-1.

Being a man down didn’t seem to bother the visiting team, who scored their second straight short handed goal of the period thanks to Payden Wongstedt, who made it a 4-1 game for Fort St. John. Wongstedt finished the evening with a game-high two points, adding an assist to his stat line as well.

In the final frame, Flyers rookie Kole Norris scored his first goal for the team, the final goal of the 5-1 Flyers victory.

It was a solid outing for Flyers goalie Troy Hunt, who made 34 saves in net for the Flyers' first win of the season.

Following the game, Flyers forward Todd Alexander said the game was a good indication of where the team is at entering the season.

"I think we came out strong in the first period, we scored two goals right off the hop, we had decent jump and our positional play was excellent. There was a few things that we will get back and work on this week and try to fix it up a bit but all-in-all it was a pretty good effort."

Following their first win, the Senior Flyers have a double-header ahead of them, which begins Thursday, November 1 in Hythe, where they will take on the Mustangs, followed by the team’s Fort St. John debut Friday, November 2 against the Dawson Creek Canucks.

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