FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Coming off a loss against the Dawson Creek Canucks that left a lot to be desired on Tuesday, the Fort St. John Flyers had a chance to even the score last night against those same Canucks. Trailing 3-2 heading into the final frame, the Flyers eventually went up 5-3, and held on for a 5-4 win.
The Flyers goals in the third came fast and furious in a 2:04 span at the midway point of the period.
Head coach Andrew Leriger said getting the puck on net was the focus as his club mounted their comeback.
“Shots. We just preached getting some shots on these guys. Dawson is a great team but we know that we can take advantage of their defencemen and their goaltending if we put some pressure on them and that’s what the guys did,” he said.
With time winding down in the North Peace Hockey League’s regular season the team is getting closer to wrapping up first place in the west division, and a bye into the second round of the playoffs.
“It’s everything. I’d rather Spirit River and Dawson Creek battle it out in the first round and Grimshaw looks like they’re going to take the other side. Let those guys hammer each other out and we’ll take the team that comes out that’s bruised a little bit more. In the past we’ve been the team that has to battle it out with the Spirit Rivers and the Grande Prairies. It’s a grueling test,” Leriger said.
With four games left on their schedule the Flyers have a five point lead on the Canucks, though Dawson Creek has a game in hand.
The Flyers are six points up over the Spirit River Rangers, however the Rangers have two games in hand. Three of the Rangers final six games will come against either the Flyers or Canucks to round out the season.
Scoring for the Flyers in the game were Josh Bruha, Rick Cleaver, Dan Pappin, Jeff Shipton, and Josh Bostock.
Fort St. John is back in action tonight at the North Peace Arena at 8:30 against the High Prairie Regals.