Fort St. John came out on fire in the first period. They peppered the Dawson Creek goal with 14 shots and were rewarded for their efforts with five goals and took a 5-2 lead to the dressing room after the first.
As the second period of play got underway the Flyers kept control of the game. Two goals by Adam Horst increased the Flyers lead to 7-2 heading into the third period.
Things kept on going the Flyers way in the third. With the game well in hand the play was wide open throughout the entire frame and Fort St. John added three more to make the final 10-2.
Head Coach Gerard Dicaire says the start was great but it’s hard to stick with the game plan with such a big lead later on in the game.
“We just talked about shooting the puck and going to the net before the game. There was four goals on five shots so we decided to keep firing,” he says. “You could see in the third they started getting into bad habits again but we talked about staying with it because we’re going to Spirit [River] and we need to create those good habits.”
Dicaire wants to see the team carry through with the game plan for a full 60 minutes so the team gets use to playing with good habits come the post season.
“Instead of making a fancy play in the neutral zone just chip the puck in and go get it,” he explains. “In the first two periods we did a real good job of it. Towards the end of the third period with about seven minutes left we got away from it and got fancy. We need to stick with the plan and forecheck and hit guys.”
Scoring in order for the Flyers were Owen Barker, Bryce Novak, Matt Shuya, Jeff Shipton, Jeff Shipton, Adam Horst, Adam Horst, Robbie Sidhu, Bryce Novak, and Adam Horst.
Jared Andersen was solid in goal stopping 31 of 33 shots in the game. Final shot tally was 36-33 in favour of Fort St. John.
The Flyers now move on to a game tonight in Spirit River against the Rangers at 8:30 p.m.