FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers had a bit of an uphill battle on Saturday night in Grimshaw against the top team in the NPHL East.
Facing off against the Huskies, the Flyers had a bit of an uphill battle from the get-go. Head coach Andrew Leriger says that the team only had 13 players make the journey on Saturday night. Travis McLean stopped all nine Grimshaw shots in the first period, although none of the Flyers’ ten shots made it in to keep it a 0-0 draw after twenty minutes.
In the second period, Joey Massingham finally broke the deadlock for the Flyers assisted by Jeff Shipton 3:27 into stanza number two. Fort St. John managed to kill off three penalties before the Grimshaw Huskies would finally capitalise on the man advantage. Despite this, Rick Cleaver scored unassisted with two seconds left in the frame to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead going into the second intermission.
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Penalties continued to be an issue for Fort St. John. Leringer says that on two occasions, players wearing a ‘C’ or an ‘A’ were assessed ten-minute Misconduct penalties for asking for an explanation from the referee. Leringer himself says that he was assessed his first-ever Game Misconduct penalty in the first five minutes of the third after asking for the referee to explain a call. Despite the penalties, Cleaver scored his second of the night on the power play just over six minutes into the final period, assisted by Massingham and Brady Busche. Marshall Sidwell made it 4-1 Flyers on a feed from Cole Calliou just past the halfway mark. Though the Huskies added another goal, the Flyers held on for a 4-2 win.
The Flyers are back in action on Thursday night when they head to Grande Prairie for a game against the Athletics. The team returns to the North Peace Arena this Saturday night when they host the Dawson Creek Sr. Canucks at 8:30 p.m.