FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers came from behind to beat the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks in extra time on Tuesday evening.
The home side couldn’t find the back of the net in the opening period as Sr. Canucks netminder Josh Round stopped all 13 shots fired his way, as the visitors took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Flyers found themselves in a bigger hole midway through the middle stanza as the away team doubled their advantage. The Flyers finally find twine at the 15:50 mark when Brandon Millin took a pass from Lien Miller-Jeannotte in the high slot and fired it low through a screened Round, Jake Ebner with the secondary assists. As the boys in white and blue were down 2-1 after forty minutes of action.
Reid Campbell evened the score at 2-2 with 7:36 remaining in the third frame as he accepted a saucer pass from Jeff Shipton and Rick Cleaver, skated down the wing and ripped a high shot through the defenceman’s legs that fooled Round. After regulation, the score was deadlocked at twos as sudden death overtime was needed to solve a winner in this one.
It didn’t take long for the Flyers to end it as not even three minutes into the extra period, the line combo of Joey Massingham, Miller-Jeannotte and Robbie Ridhu were ferocious on the forecheck. Sidhu caused a turnover, passed it to Miller-Jeannotte who then found Massingham wide open in the slot and wasted no time in picking his spot and firing it past a helpless Round for the game-winner.
Miller-Jeannotte led the way with two helpers as eight players chipped in with a point, while goaltender Travis McLean turned away 30 of 32 shots.
“For whatever reason, we like to play from behind in these big games,” said head coach Andrew Leriger. “We found a way again tonight as the boys never quit. It’s only to going to get tougher from here on in as we know what’s at stake in the last three games of our sides playoff schedule. The other two teams will be gunning for us, as they have to beat us if they hope to pass us in the standings.”
With the win, the Flyers improved their record to 4-0-1 for nine points, a four-point lead over the second place Sr. Canucks. The team needs just three points in their final three games to clinch the West Division and move on to the NPHL finals where they would meet the Falher Pirates or High Prairie Regals.
Next up for Flyers is a road date with the Grande Prairie Athletics on Thursday. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.