The Fort St. John Flyers had to battle through some early penalty troubles at the start of last night’s game against the Falher Pirates, but once they did that it was mostly smooth sailing the rest of the way. Fort St. John was forced to kill off three penalties in the game’s opening minutes, but still found themselves with a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes as they would go on to win by a score of 7-3.
The Flyers started to pull away in the second period as they increased their lead to 6-1 which allowed them to put matters into cruise control for the third.
Head coach Andrew Leriger said after the game that his club is starting to take the necessary steps required in order to have a successful season.
“The guys are starting to figure it out. They believe in themselves. They don’t panic. Just like last night it was a slow start but they weren’t worried about it. As a team they’re starting to get as they were when they won the Coy Cup.”
The team’s penalty kill was literally perfect in the game, killing off all their shorthanded situations. It marked a big step forward for the club as their PK was sitting at a paltry 75 per cent heading into the weekend.
“We’ve been working on it. Our penalty killing in the league right now is horrible. It’s 75 per cent. We’ve discussed this, we’ve practiced this, we’ve made a few changes and it’s working out,” Leriger said. “It was very passive in the past. We were letting them set up, watching them, and not being the team that’s pressuring. We need to pressure them. When we pressure, we’re winning.”
Scoring for the Flyers were Rick Cleaver (3), Brennan Giroux, Daylen Pearson (2), and Jeff Shipton.
The Flyers next game is slated for Tuesday as they’ll be in Dawson Creek.