FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was a high scoring hockey game for both the Fort St. John Senior Flyers and the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on Saturday night at the North Peace Arena.
Dawson Creek struck first in Saturday night’s contest just 2:45 into the first period. However, Rick Cleaver evened things up for the Flyers less than 20 seconds later on a feed from Jeff Shipton and Taylor Greatrex. Brennan Giroux made it 2-1 Flyers three and a half minutes later assisted by Cole Calliou and Jake Ebner. A minute later, the Sr. Canucks tied the game up at two before taking the lead with just over six minutes left in the frame. Cleaver scored his second of the game just over a minute after Dawson took the lead, this time on the power play. Brody Busche and Jeff Fast tallied assists on Cleaver’s tying power play goal. With two seconds shy of three minutes to play in period number one, Joey Massingham gave Fort St. John a 4-3 lead assisted by Cleaver and Andrew Payou.
The see-saw battle continued in the second frame, with Dawson Creek adding a pair of goals in the first ten minutes. The Flyers’ power play struck again to tie things up at 5-all with 6:06 remaining. Cleaver got the hat-trick on a feed from Shipton and Greatrex once again. In the fifteenth minute of Act II, Dawson Creek once again pulled ahead, this time with a pair of goals. Jake Ebner’s goal at 1:37 got Fort St. John to within one on a pass from Cleaver and Massingham, but the Flyers had a one goal deficit heading to the dressing room for the second intermission.
In the third, Dawson Creek scored again, and successfully shut the Flyers’ offence down to just one goal. Jeff Shipton scored with a minute and a half left in the game assisted by Massingham and Adam Horst to make it 8-7, but Dawson Creek sealed the deal with 4.7 seconds left to take the win 9-7.
The Flyers have now lost two straight, and will be looking to bounce back this Thursday, when they host the Spirit River Rangers at the North Peace Arena for their final home game of the calendar year. Puck drops at 8:30.