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GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB. – The Fort St. John Flyers suffered their second loss of the season on Saturday night in Grande Prairie.

In the first period, Adam Horst put the visitors up 1-0 after taking a feed from Jeff Shipton and Rick Cleaver with a minute remaining as both teams played a fairly even first period of play while trying to skate off the rust from the holiday break.

The Athletics scored two goals within a four-minute span to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second period as the Flyers failed to capitalize on any of their seven shots on target.

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The back and forth game came down to the final buzzer as Grande Prairie scored an empty netter to go up 3-1 with 1:15 to play, the Flyers would respond less than a minute later with the Cleaver finding the back of the net, assisted by Shipton and Horst. The late comeback attempt fell short and at the final buzzer Athletics 3 – Flyers 2.

The team now sits at 11-2 in the NPHL Western Division standings good enough for first place. Horst made his return to the lineup with a two-point outing after being out with a knee injury for nearly two months.

Up next for the Flyers is a date with the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on Thursday at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m.

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