FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers were on the road this past weekend for a trio of games.
The team left Fort St. John at 6:30 a.m. Friday for long drive to Lloydminster, made longer by inclement weather. Though the team did not have with much time to prepare for Friday’s tilt with the Blazers, the Flyers came out strong and built a 4-1 lead after one period on goals by Noah Lang, Justin Brownlee, Johnny Herrington and Brandon Moode. Moode, McDonell, Jaydon Viens, Herrington, Owen Floriant, Hunter Brown, Duncan Ross and Nathan Brownlee all tallied assists in the first period. Moode got his second of the season and made it 5-1 on a feed from Daric McDonell, after an initial stretch pass from Kurtis Lee. The game ended 5-2 in favour of the Flyers, and coach Craig Brownlee said that he and the rest were pleased with the effort. McDonell, Viens and Moode all got their first points of the season, while Justin Brownlee and Owen Floriant ended long point droughts.
In Wainwright on Saturday, the Flyers jumped out to a 1-0 courtesy of a John Herrington powerplay goal assisted by Lee and Lang. The Polar Kings drew even less than two minutes later and scored another shortly after to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission. “We had lead something like 8-1 in shots early on and then got a beauty goal on the PP to reward us with our hard work,” said Brownlee. “After that goal we again stated to the bench that we can not let up as they will be coming on strong.” Much to the coaches’ dismay, Wainwright added another pair of goals which deflated the Flyers. The Flyers did battle back on another powerplay, which saw Lang snipe it home on a pass from Lee and N. Brownlee. The Flyers came out strong in the third, out shooting the Polar Kings 17-4 but could not beat Brooke Fawcett in the final period. “She played incredible and really helped her team get the two points,” concluded Brownlee. Final shots on goal were 35-17 in favour of the Flyers.
Meeting the Lakeland Panthers in Cold Lake on Sunday morning and despite a great effort through much of the game, the Flyers suffered their worst defeat of the season. The Flyers fell 8-2 to the Rural White Conference leading team. Summing up the game briefly, Brownlee stated, “They were not so much better than us but they played smart hockey, with great positioning throughout the game.” N. Brownlee and Lee both scored in the game, with Lee, N. Brownlee and Wyatt Milner picking up assists.
Recaps submitted by Craig Brownlee, edited by Chris Newton