Flyers drop Rangers 5-4 in record 14-round shootout

The Fort St. John Flyers and Spirit River Rangers battled late into the night Thursday for a shootout that went down in the history books. 

The Flyers skated away with a 5-4 win, with Brady Busche netting the game-winning goal after 14 rounds of shootout action. It's a new record for the league, North Peace Hockey League statistician Chris Clegg confirmed.

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The Rangers held a 1-0 lead after the first period, but the Flyers quickly bounced back in the second, with Robbie Sidhu, Adam Horst, and Brennan Giroux putting the home team up 3-1, with assists by Dan Pappin, Cole Calliou, and Rick Cleaver. 

Riley Jebb closed the gap for the Rangers in the last four minutes, ending the period 3-2.

The Rangers took advantage of two Flyers' penalties in the third, quickly tying things up less than two minutes into the third period with a power play goal by Alex Curran. Jace Zahara would put the Rangers ahead 4-3 with another power play goal at 8:01. 

The Flyers' Rick Cleaver tied the game back up with five minutes left in the game, forcing the game into overtime. 

The teams exchanged only two shots on net in five minutes of sudden death action, forcing a shootout. The game remained tied until the 14th shot on net, with the Busche netting the final goal for the Flyers, while the Rangers' Spencer Ross missing the final shot. 

The two teams were evenly matched with 32 shots on a goal each, with Flyers net minder Troy Hunt turning away 28 shots. 

The Flyers will travel to Falher on Saturday to square off against the Pirates (2-4).

The Flyers remain on top of the NPHL west division standings with a record of 7-0.

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