FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers picked up their first win of the season last Thursday with a come from behind win over the Falher Pirates.
The team didn’t have a great first period, as they trailed Falher 2-0 at the first intermission buzzer. However,
The Flyers’ Adam Horst found the net a minute and thirty seconds into the stanza with a powerplay marker to make it 2-1, Rick Cleaver and Reid Campbell assisted on the goal. The visitors tied it up at two’s with Jeff Shipton’s great individual play two minutes and six seconds after Horts’ marker. The Pirates then scored three goals in two minute and twenty-five-second span to regain the lead 5-2. The Flyers responded with a three-goal outburst of their own in a minute and fourteen-second span, shortly after. Cole Calliou deposited a feed from Steven Fast and Daniel Pappin. Rick Cleaver’s goal was set up by Jeff Shipton and Adam Horst. Shipton got his second goal on another individual play. However, with 23 seconds remaining the Pirates scored and took a 6-5 lead heading into the third period.
The third period saw the Flyers come out with something to prove. Cleaver scored to tie it up at six apiece less than two and a half minutes in, with Shipton and Brady Busche getting the helpers. The Pirates took the lead back again two minutes later, but didn’t hold it for long as Cleaver scored a hat-trick goal on the powerplay assisted by Shipton and Horst. The Flyers grabbed their first lead of the game with 4:39 left to play when Joey Massingham found the net on a feed from Jake Ebner. They made it 9-7 50 seconds later with Cleaver, Shipton and Horst teaming up again. Cole Calliou sealed it with his second of the night off a pass from Daniel Pappin to make it 10-7, capping a goal-filled final twenty minutes.
Rick Cleaver led the way with four goals and an assist. Jeff Shipton and Adam Horst each had five- and four-point outings respectively as their line combined for 14 points.
General Manager Lee Hartman said, “We didn’t play a very good first, but found our stride after we cleaned up the penalties. It feels great to get the first win. Now we can actually practice after not being able to because of the U-17’s and play at home which the team is looking forward to.”
Next up for the Flyers is their home opener when they welcome the Pirates to the North Peace Arena tomorrow. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.