DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers suffered their first loss of the playoffs in Dawson Creek on Thursday night in overtime.
After a scoreless first period of play that saw the Flyers outshot the Senior Canucks 23-9, the visitors allowed two quick goals midway through the middle frame. However, they dug in and scored the 2-1 goal with 7:31 remaining courtesy Jeff Shipton, assisted by Rick Cleaver and Brady Busche. Lien Miller-Jeannotte evened the score at twos just before the conclusion of the middle frame.
Four minutes following the home side taking a one-goal lead in the third stanza, Shipton deposited his second of the night after taking a sweet pass from Adam Horst, Cleaver with the secondary helper. The teams were deadlocked after sixty minutes of action and this one required sudden death overtime.
Not even four minutes into overtime Mike Lalonde gave the Sr. Canucks the 4-3 victory, ending the Flyers undefeated playoffs.
Jeff Shipton and Rick Cleaver lead the way with two points apiece while Travis McLean made 53 saves.
“The guys played great,” said General Manager Lee Hartman. “It’s hard to win away games on the west side as all teams are very good at home. Happy to get one point and start the last part of the round robin with at least a two-point lead. Hope to see a bunch of fans at the next home game on Tuesday.”
With the overtime loss, the Flyers still remain in first place with seven points and a 3-0-1 record, three points clear of the second place Grande Prairie Athletics.
Next up for the team is a rematch with the Senior Canucks on Tuesday, this time at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.