The Flyers controlled the pace of the the game right from the opening faceoff, and did a great job defensively in the first period limiting Grande Prairie to only three shots on goal. Despite limiting the Athletics attack, they were able to score once, but Fort St. John led 2-1 after the first period.
Fort St. John again controlled the second period despite trading goals in the frame. Shots in the second were well in favour of the Flyers once again as they led 3-2 heading into the third.
The game was put out of reach in the third as Fort St. John scored three goals in a five minute span to lead 6-2. Grande Prairie would add a marker late to round out the scoring at 6-3.
Head Coach Gerard Dicaire says having a full bench was key in the win along with solid play defensively.
“We had a full squad tonight with four lines and six defenseman. It helps when guys can run our system and skate and not have 10 guys on the ice,” he explains. “I think the guys played hard in our d-zone. I know that was something we talked about fixing before Christmas and it’s slowly coming around.”
Dicaire says aside from a couple of mistakes in the second and third period, he was happy with how the Flyers played throughout the contest.
“I thought we had a few lapses in the second period and when they scored their third goal. Other than that I can’t take anything away from them. They played well; they played hard. We’re the only team that beats them. It’s just a matter of us putting consistency together and beating Spirit [River] and Dawson [Creek].”
Scoring in order for the Flyers were Kyle Leahy, Jeff Shipton, Robbie Sidhu, Mike Shipton, Bryce Novak, and Adam Horst.
Troy Hunt got the start in goal for the Flyers and stopped 18 out of 21 shots.
Next for the Flyers is a game on Friday night at the North Peace Arena against Hythe at 8:30 p.m.