The Fort St. John Flyers appeared to be on their way to a sixth straight win to start the year late in the third period of tonight’s game but penalty trouble caught up with them against the Dawson Creek Canucks. The Flyers led 4-3 in the final six minutes but a power play goal by Dawson Creek tied the game, and they eventually wrapped matters up in a shootout.
Making matters worse for the Flyers was the fact they were on the power play themselves in the final minutes, but two penalties put them behind the eight ball and they couldn’t dig themselves out.
Flyers head coach Andrew Leriger was not impressed with his team after the game as he called out their inability to stay out of the penalty box.
“When you take more penalties than the other team of course that’s the difference when they get three power play goals and pretty much five on five I think they had one goal and we shut them down. You get dumb penalties and you’re going to pay for it,” he said.
Also drawing his ire was the effort displayed in the game perhaps being due to their winning streak to begin the year.
“Tonight was just effort. Legs are there, we’ve had good practices. We’ve had some good games on the road. Tonight was just crappy effort. I think 5-0 was a big factor. We’ve won some games where I don’t think we should have won games. I think the guys are just at a point where they just [think] put their skates on the ice that they’re going to get two points. Tonight was not the case. Dawson came to play and they played well,” Leriger said.
Scoring for the Flyers were Josh Bruha (3), and Rick Cleaver.
Troy Hunt made 27 saves in the game, and turned aside six of eight shooters in the shootout.
The two clubs will meet in a rematch Thursday night in Dawson Creek at 8:30.