Flyers take 5-4 win over Canucks to start 2017

It was a barnburner in Dawson Creek, but the Flyers’ siege at the DC Kin Arena broke the Senior Canucks' defences down, keeping the Fort St. John war machine at the head of the pack.

The final score was 5-4 for the Flyers, with 16 penalties and shots on net 53-52 for FSJ.

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This first period didn’t get rolling until Canuck newcomer, Wesley Shipton, christened his stick at 7:49 of the first period. It wasn’t more than 30 seconds later that the Flyer’s tied things up with a goal by Jeff Shipton, on a double assist. Shots on net were tied at 18, though it cost the Canucks two penalties to end the period 2-1 in their favour.

Dawson Creek desperately clung to their momentum, with Colter Maclean extending the lead by one at 17:50 of the second. This would light the fire under the Flyers, as Fort St. John decided to treat the Canucks for the rest of the night, but leave them with the tab at the end of the game. 

Shipton scored again for the Flyers at 8:30 with Rick Cleaver and Josh Bruha assisting. Bryan Lewis brought the game to 3-3 on a power play with five and a half minutes left in the period. The teams split six minor penalties by dressing room time.

Both teams came out hard, except the Canucks, and it was at 10:05 that the air raid sirens began to sound across the South Peace. With the Senior C fans under their seats, the Flyers’ Daylen Pearson began the final assault with a double assist, taking the lead 4-3. Sirens still blaring, Massingham crushed what hope was left in the crowd, proving this was one missile crisis that would end poorly, putting the Flyers up 5-3. The Canucks squeezed in a retreating goal at 3:46 of the period.

The final score was 5-4 for the Flyers, despite Dawson Creek showing off with a full 10-minute misconduct penalty to Chris Stevens, early in the third period.

The game left the Flyers at the top of the NPHL standings at 12-4.

The Dawson Creek Canucks’ drag along the bottom of the west division at 6-8.

The Flyers are on the road next to meet Spirit River on Jan. 5.

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