Even though the Flyers won head coach Gerard Dicaire was not impressed with his club as participation has been low in practice, and for road games and he suggested that he may send a message to the club at home of their upcoming home games.
“I was a little disappointed that on a Saturday game we only had 11 skaters going to Spirit River the first place team. Going there I just reminded the boys that we did it last year with 11 guys and upset them in their rink so we just had to simply our game and play smart,” he said. “Without me bad mouthing certain individuals, I don’t know, they just think it’s okay to show up whenever they want and not tell anybody their not showing up. From my aspect of it it’s unacceptable and they may be in for a shock for one of the home games when we dress only 12 guys.”
One of the adjustments the team made was switching to a 1-2-2 playing style to help generate turnovers. Its a system that the team has experience in using before, and may use more in the future even with a full bench.
“We started this last year when we would be short benched on the road, we’d play a simpler 1-2-2 trap style system to conserve the boys energy. If it’s executed right which they did do well it makes their life easier when they are short benched like that,” Dicaire explained.
The turning point in the game came in the third period when a potential goal for the Rangers was waived of. The Flyers came out strong in the second to close the gap, and eventually stole the game in the third period.
“In the first they had a questionable call against them to go up 3-0. It may have been in, it may not have. I didn’t see it; it was hard to see from the bench,” Dicaire stated. “When we went in for the first intermission we talked about how that was our break and to keep chipping away and it will come. We scored two quick ones and then they went up 3-2 going into the third. The boys played well. It was a gutsy road win”
Scoring in order for the Flyers were Jeff Shipton, Tyler Loney, Adam Horst, Joey Massingham, and Adam Horst.
Jared Andersen had another solid game between the pipes as he stopped 21 of 24 shots.
Despite being short benched, the Flyers had a massive advantage in shorts at 43-24.