The Fort St. John Flyers had a shaky start out of the gate in last night’s game against the Spirit River Rangers, but fortunately for them it didn’t cost them two points in the standings. Trailing 3-1 before the first period was ten minutes old the Flyers gradually turned things in their favour, and capitalized on their power play opportunities in the third to seal the deal.
The Flyers closed to within one before the first was over and eventually tied the game in the second as things were knotted up at three going into the final frame.
Fort St. John took the lead just before the five minute mark of the third, and potted two goals on the power play down the stretch to round out the scoring.
After the game head coach Andrew Leriger said goalie Troy Hunt didn’t have a great start to the game, causing him to swap goalies for a few minutes so the two could have some words to sort the problems out.
“They had a couple of lucky goals. Huntsey wasn’t 100 per cent focused the first five minutes and then he took a time out. Got him back refocused and he was stellar after that,” he said.
In his time on the bench Leriger told Hunt that his track record speaks for itself and to get mentally ready to go back into the game.
“I talked to him when he came off and I told him there’s a reason why he’s got 100 wins in this league. Take some time, re-focus, and I’ll put him back in the net and he was perfect after that,” he said.
The lead was big for the Rangers considering they came to the game with only 12 skaters.
Despite the early deficit the bench boss wasn’t concerned as he felt his team was well prepared for the contest.
“In all honesty I really wasn’t worried. I knew our guys were prepared to play this game. We talked about when a team comes and plays short benched that we don’t want to play their style. They play boring hockey and that’s what they should be doing when they’re short handed. We need to be relentless. We need to plug our four lines in. We need to go dump the puck in deep, chase them all the way in and that’s what the guys did,” he said.
Scoring for the Flyers were Rick Cleaver (2), Jeff Fast, Joey Massingham, Daylen Pearson, and Robbie Sidhu.
Next up for the Flyers is another home game this evening against the Falher Pirates at 8:30.
Fans attending the game are asked to bring a new teddy bear. When the Flyers score their opening goal of the contest fans are encouraged to throw their teddy bear wrapped in plastic or a shopping bag onto the ice. Fans are asked to have the bears in plastic or shopping bags so they are not ruined by the snow on the ice.
The bears will then be turned over to the Salvation Army where they will go to children in the community.