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The Fort St. John Senior Flyers began their North Peace Hockey League season last night against the Manning Comets. The Flyers controlled the play throughout the game, but some stellar play between the Manning pipes kept things closer than they should have been as Fort St. John won 4-3.

Flyers bench boss Andrew Leriger said despite starting slow his club played well, and considering they fired 51 shots on net they easily could have had more to show for their work on the night.

“We started off a little slow but the guys started controlling the puck and cycling a little bit better. We ran up against a hot goaltender so it could have been a lot worse,” he said.

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Throughout the game the big thing that stood out was the speed of the Flyers in their break outs. The plan this year Leriger said is to tire teams out so when the third period comes, the opposition has nothing left.

“It’s definitely our strength and we’re going to utilize it especially when we play teams like Spirit River who like to crash. As far as opposing teams I looked at Manning and I thought they were out of shape and that makes a big difference for us. We’re going to make these teams skate with us and play our game and hopefully by the end of the third period we have a little bit more energy than they do.”

Scoring for the Flyers were Adam Horst, Joey Massingham (2), and Josh Bruha.

The team’s next game is scheduled for Thursday on the road against the Spirit River Rangers.

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