FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers were home on Thursday night as they hosted the Grande Prairie Athletics for game two of the playoffs.
At 3:37 into the game, Adam Horst would score a goal on the Athletics with assists by Lien Miller-Jeannotte and Ryan Carter making the score 1-0.
Then at 6:24 into the frame, Rick Cleaver would send one into the net with an assist by Tanner LaSann making it a 2-0 lead over Grande Prairie.
Then at 7:57 into the period, the Athletics responded with a goal making the score 2-1 behind the Flyers.
At 8:34 remaining in the frame, Rylan Sideroff would receive a two-minute penalty for hooking, making it a power play advantage for the Athletics.
During that power play, the A’s would take advantage by scoring a goal at 6:53 left in the period making the score tied at two apiece.
In the second period, there was a lot of back-and-forth play between ends as both teams struggled to keep control of the puck.
Then with 9:16, in a power play, the Athletics would score the only goal of the period making the score 3-2 over the Flyers.
In period threes, the play started to change as the Flyers started taking better control of the puck.
At 9:18 into the period, Ryan Carter would score a goal with a feed from Justin Fillion and Adam Horst making the score tied at 3-3.
Then 11 seconds after that goal, Ryan Horst would make his second goal of the night with an assist from Jeff Shipton making the score 4-3.
At 7:18 left in the period, Jaxon Glass would score the Flyers another goal with an assist by Adam Horst making it a 5-3 lead over Grande Prairie.
Then with 2:10 remaining in the game, the Athletics would pull their goalie in an attempt to catch up. They would then return their goalie, only to pull him out again at 1:19.
Adam Horst took advantage of the situation by scoring an empty-netter and power play goal, at 1:01 left in the game, with assists by Ryan Carter and Ryan Forbes.
This goal would make the final score 6-3 over the Athletics.
Flyers Head Coach, Andrew Leriger, says his team had a good start to the game, struggled a bit in the middle, and used perseverance near the end to win.
“We started out really good. We set the tone, they adapted and caught up to us, and carried it through and then we stopped moving. We struggled on the power play, just fighting the puck and just forcing everything. At the end of the day, it was perseverance.”
Currently, the playoff series is tied at one apiece.
Up next, the Flyers are back in Grande Prairie on Saturday, February 9, as they face the Athletics for game three of the playoffs. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m. at the Coca-Cola Centre.