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It was a great start to Saturday’s game for the Senior Flyers, as the home team came out strong, jumping onto the scoreboard first, courtesy of a goal from Dave Alexander just 4:02 into the first.

The Senior Flyers momentum continued to build as they padded their lead ever further in the first. Todd Alexander scored a short-handed goal 8:53 into the opening frame, which was followed by Dave Alexander’s second of the period, coming with 7:38 remaining in the first.

However, it wasn’t all Fort St. John in the first, as the Athletics managed to get themselves on the short sheet with 6:01 remaining in the opening period, concluding the first with the home team leading 3-1.

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The second period was when the game began to take a turn for the worse for the home team, and it began with penalty troubles, which even carried over into the third period.

The Flyers took 11 trips to the penalty box in the second and third periods, with six straight penalties being called on the Flyers in the second. That’s compared to just three penalties by the Athletics, who ended up capitalizing with the man-advantage.

The visitors from Grande Prairie managed to score three power play markers, along with two even strength goals, scoring five unanswered goal in the second and third, resulting in a 6-3 final score for the Athletics.

Saturday evening’s victory was just the third time the Athletics have won in Fort St. John in their last eight visits.

The Flyers will have a week to forget about the disappointing home less, and then they hit the road to Spirit River on November 24, to take on the Mustangs.

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