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Flyers down Athletics on Thursday

#19 Rick Cleaver looks to fire a shot on goal through traffic on Jan.25th. Photo by Brady Ratzlaff.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers were victorious over the visiting Grande Prairie Athletics on Thursday night.

The Flyers opened the scoring courtesy Robbie Sidhu with 8:14 to play in the first period, assisted by Joey Massingham. Massingham found the back of the net with a buzzer beater to put the home side up 2-0 after accepting a saucer pass from Lien Miller-Jeannotte and Sidhu.

The middle stanza saw the Flyers keep their foot on the gas as Adam Horst found a loose puck in the slot and rifled a shot past the Athletics’ netminders head at 15:15, Jake Ebner and Rick Cleaver with the helpers. Ebner got in on the action at with 4:09 remaining after depositing a rebound off a shot from Rick Cleaver and Jeff Shipton. The trio combined to score the fifth goal a minute and thirty seconds later on the powerplay with Cleaver tapping in his first of two goals on the night.

Cleaver put the Flyers up 6-1, fifty-one seconds into the final frame off a feed from Reid Campbell and Sidhu. Ebner found the back of the net for his second of the contest on the power play five minutes after, assisted by Shipton and Cleaver. The visitors scored two late tallies but it wasn’t enough as the score after sixty minutes, Flyers 7 – Athletics 3.

The line of Cleaver, Ebner and Shipton combined for 12 points on the night.

“This sets a tone for the playoffs,” said head coach Andrew Leriger. “Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek are the teams we play going forward into the playoffs. We were short benched for the second straight game but that didn’t stop us from setting the tone of the game, leading to another win.”

The Flyers conclude their regular season on Sunday in Dawson Creek. Puck drop is at 1:00 p.m.

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