FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers defeated the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on Saturday night to improve their playoff record to 2-0.
The Flyers opened the scoring four minutes into the first period courtesy of a beautiful shot off the stick of Justin Fillion that beat Sr. Canucks goaltender Josh Round high to the blocker side, assisted by Rick Cleaver and Jeff Shipton. Fillion scored his second of the period with 2:32 to play as he beat Round with another high shot from the far hashmark after accepting a pass from Keenan Larson and Austin Braid. The home side took a 2-0 into the first intermission.
The Flyers made it 3-0 at the six-minute mark of the middle frame when Brady Busche skated down the wing from his own zone and ripped a high shot past a screened Round, Robbie Sidhu and Joey Massingham collected the helpers. Sidhu got in on the action three minutes later as he took a feed from Fillion, skated into the high slot and fooled a screened Round, Reid Campbell with the secondary assist. The Sr. Canucks cut the lead to 4-1 late in the frame, but after a mad scramble in the Dawson Creek crease off chances from Shipton and Cleaver, Campbell deposited the loose biscuit with one second remaining in the second period to restore the four-goal cushion.
The Flyers held on in the final stanza as Dawson scored two goals to make it interesting, but it wasn’t enough in the end. Final score Flyers 5 – Sr. Canucks 3.
Justin Fillion lead the attack with three points while Cleaver, Shipton and Campbell chipped in with two apiece.
“This is playoff hockey,” said head coach Andrew Leriger. “We took it to them in the first two periods and sort of let up in third, but we did have a 5-1 lead. The first 40 minutes of the game is how we have to play Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie because both teams have ramped up the intensity in the playoffs. We can’t afford to take a night off, we have to continue to push forward.”
With the win, the Flyers move to 2-0 in the playoffs.
Next up for the team is a clash with the Grande Prairie Athletics on Tuesday at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.