BUCHHOLZ: Flyers off to fast start in 2017

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kevinThe Fort St. John Senior Flyers are starting the New Year off running.

With only seven games left in their regular season, the team is scheduled to play five of them in just nine days, starting with a game in Dawson Creek Jan. 3 and ending in Grande Prairie in Jan. 12.

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“We’re just starting the new year how we finished with five games, real quick,” coach Andrew Leriger said.

The Flyers, 11-4 and on top of the North Peace Hockey League standings as of Jan. 1, will play three of their games on the road, where the team has racked up half of its losses.

And with games against teams they have lost to before, it’ll definitely be a challenging start to the New Year. Will they be doing any extra work to get prepared for the start of the New Year?

“We have a couple of practices scheduled, and there is a tournament the first weekend of January that many of our players will be participating in that to get back in shape,” Leriger said.

As with other teams, the Flyers used the Christmas break to heal up, Leriger said.

“Just like others in the league, injuries and work schedules have taken their toll, but we have a strong bench,” Leriger said.

The Flyers started the season strong with seven straight victories before falling to Fahler 4-3 on Nov. 26. The team went 3-3 in six games over 17 days in December, ending a three-game losing streak Dec. 17 with a 10-5 win over the Valleyview Jets, a team the Flyers beat earlier this season by 10 goals.

The team went into the Christmas break with a one point lead in the standings over the Grande Prairie Athletics (10-3-1).

Leriger is confident the team will hit the ice after the break with enough talent and depth to continue on towards their goal of first overall.

“The goal is to come out of their division in first,” he said.

Visit alaskahighwaynews.ca for updated game scores from this week.

Kevin Buchholz is a writer based in Fort St. John.

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