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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers were eliminated from Coy Cup contention on Thursday night in Dawson Creek.

In a must-win Game Two for the Flyers, it was the Senior Canucks who came out on top in overtime to sweep the best of three-game series. Dawson Creek took Sunday’s clash in convincing fashion by the score of 8-1.

“It was a fantastic hockey game,” said President Paul van Nostrand. “Our team showed a total about-face after the performances versus Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek. They really played a wonderful game and had a lot of chances, Travis McLean played great. I told them after the game that they can hold their heads up high.”

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Dawson Creek General Manager Jason Gies added that his team’s goal was to not only compete for the NPHL Championship but also for the Coy Cup from the get go.

“We injected a lot of youth into the lineup this year and our goal from the start was to try for both trophies. In order to do that we had to go through a very good team in the Flyers. The showdown is a great way to see who is the best team to represent the area.”

The last time the Flyers competed in such a showdown was in 2015 when they won the Coy Cup in Fort Nelson after defeating Whitehorse in two games to advance to provincials.

This is the first time the Sr. Canucks and the Flyers have met in a showdown in nearly a decade.

“They have a really good team,” added van Nostrand. “Since coming back into the NPHL a few years ago [leave of absence] they have had respectable teams. This year they have added some talent and I believe that they have a really good shot at winning the Coy Cup this.”

The Flyers will now focus their attention on NPHL action as they have three games left before the playoffs start in February where they will be eyeing to bring home a league championship.

Next up the team is a clash with the Sr. Canucks in Dawson Creek on January 23rd. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.

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