The two teams first met back on October 27, the first game of the 2012-2013 regular season for the Senior Flyers. The road game was a great season opener for Fort St. John, who defeated the Athletics 5-1 in Grande Prairie.
However, Grande Prairie returned the favour when the two teams next met on November 17 in Fort St. John, handing the Senior Flyers a 6-3 loss in the comforts of the North Peace Arena.
Grande Prairie enters tonight’s game with a bit more experience this season, as they have already played 11 NPHL games, compared to the six played by Fort St. John.
The weekend competition continues Saturday evening, when the Senior Flyers are back at home, welcoming the Hythe Mustangs for game one of a home-and-home series between the two teams.
The Mustangs and the Senior Flyers have already clashed on the ice once this season, with Fort St. John handing them a 9-4 defeat in their barn.
Game two will take place on Thursday, December 20.
Saturday’s home game is a special one for Fort St. John, as it will also be the Senior Flyers annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans in attendance are being asked to bring a stuffed animal, which will be thrown onto the ice when the Flyers score their first goal of the game.
Organizers are asking anyone throwing a toy to please wrap it in a plastic bag, as to not damage the toys, which will eventually be donated to the Salvation Army.
They will then distribute the stuffed animals to children in need during this holiday season.
Saturday’s home game will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.