Fort St. John opened the scoring in the first period as Cash Brinkworth deposited a shot into the back of the net just 2:30 into the frame. The Flyers made things 2-0 midway through the first, however Spirit River cut into the lead with their first goal of the game with three minutes left.
As play resumed in the second period the Flyers once again scored early as they restored their two goal lead two minutes in. The Rangers responded in what would turn out to be a back and forth period as they scored a minute and a half later as the score was 3-2. The Flyers again increased their lead to two as they scored midway through the second, but the Rangers would round out the scoring in the period and in the game with a goal with five minutes remaining as the score was 4-3.
Scoring in order for the Flyers were Cash Brinkworth, Matt Shuya, Adam Horst, and Adam Horst.
Jared Andersen had a great night in goal stopping 35 of the 38 shots he faced.
The win was big for the Flyers as the battle for the top spot in the division will now come down to either Fort St. John or the Grande Prairie Athletics.
As of today Fort St. John has top spot in the standings with 31 points and Grande Prairie has 28, however the Athletics do have three games in hand on the Flyers. The two teams have a huge battle on the schedule that will possibly decide first place as the teams meet in Grande Prairie on February 1.
Next for the Senior Flyers is an exhibition set in Fort Nelson against the Yeti on January 25 and 26. The Flyers will then return to league play on January 31 at home against the Hythe Mustangs at 8:30 p.m.