GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Fort St. John Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers were on the road Sunday for a matinee game against their archrivals: the Grande Prairie Athletic Club.
After some strong forechecking, Devin Minard opened the scoring for the Flyers, assisted by John Herrington. Already down two players before the game started, the Flyers lost another at the 11:37 mark of the first period as Duncan Ross was assessed a major penalty for boarding. The Flyers fought off Grande Prairie’s five minute powerplay, but the Athletic Club eventually tied it up before the end of the period.
Down three players, the Flyers came out strong again in the second and kept Grande Prairie in their own zone for long stretches. Kurtis Lee snuck one in, assisted by Hunter Brown late in the second. The Flyers immediately applied more pressure, but a quick whistle cost them a third goal and full strength. Nathan Brownlee shot the puck into the net just after the whistle, and was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Grande Prairie tied the game with 13 seconds left in the stanza.
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The third period was a different story as Grande Prairie scored two more goals and outshot the Flyers 16-5.
Coach Craig Brownlee said he was pleased with his team’s performance as he felt that the team worked their tails off in defeat.
The Flyers are in Fort St. John next weekend for two home games versus the Fort McMurray Oil Barons. Saturday’s game is at 2:15, while the puck drops on Sunday morning at 10:00.