The Fort St. John Senior Flyers welcomed the Fort Nelson Yeti to the North Peace Arena last night for the first of two exhibition games. The game was close from start to finish but it was the Flyers coming away with a 4-3 victory.
Head coach Andrew Leriger thought his team put forth a strong game considering the limited amount of time they’ve had on the ice, and singled out Travis McLean for his work between the pipes.
“I thought the guys played well. We’re not in game shape because we’ve only had four ice times. That makes a big difference of course. We had great goaltending that saved us quite a bit. I was pleased,” he said.
When it comes to making the adjustment from junior hockey to senior for a goalie, Leriger said the shots from the opposition will be harder, and they occasionally will have pro experience under their belt.
“Junior probably is a bit of a quicker game but now we’re going to a man’s game. They shoot harder. We’ve got guys that have been to pro camps; they’ve played pro in Europe. They’re smarter, they get to the puck quicker. We’ve got guys in our practices that Travis is struggling on once in awhile. As a whole it will take him a couple of skates but he looked great tonight,” he said.
For his part McLean said the biggest change he noticed was the size of the skaters playing in front of him, but after a few big stops he was settled in.
“It definitely gives that boost more so that you see the guys react well from it. Knowing that you’re helping the guys move along in the game boosts your confidence on the back end,” he said.
Scoring for the Flyers were Rick Cleaver, Tyrell Fenton, Joey Massingham, and Josh Bruha.
The two teams will play again this afternoon at 1 p.m.