The Fort St. John Flyers came out strong, but ended up leaving their first game at the Coy Cup in a tie, 3-3 against the Terrace River Kings.
The River Kings managed to open the scoring half-way through the first period, when Jordan Peddle took the puck up the right side and made a pass to the front of the net, finding Chapen Leblond, who fired it into the top corner.
But the Flyers tied up the game eight minutes later, with Ryan Carter landing a shot top corner from the left side.
The first period ended 1-1.
A strong offensive team, the Fort St. John Flyers dominated most of the second period.
Four minutes into the second, Flyers forward Adam Horst landed a shot to earn a 2-1 lead, but River Kings tied it up with a beautiful play seven minutes later, when Ben Reinbolt took the puck up the right side, passing it across to Colten Braid who fired it in.
With only a seven seconds left in the second, Joey Massingham managed to pounce on a rebound, putting it into the back of the net and earning the Flyers a 3-2 lead.
Both teams fought hard in the third, playing fast and physical hockey, back and forth.
With just over a minute left on the clock and the score down one for the Kings, Corey Dekelver got the puck on the right side.
In a real crowd pleaser, he fired off a slap shot from the blue line, landing it in the top left corner of the net, and tying up the game 3-3.
And that's how the game ended.
River Kings captain Steve Cullis said it was a fun game against a good team.
“They’re the best team we’ve seen in the last two years,” Cullis said of the Flyers. “They came out hard, out-played us early in that game and then it evened out in the end. The crowd was into [the game] and it was tons of fun. I think that was our biggest crowd of the year.”
Of the 3-3 outcome, Cullis said he “can’t complain.”
“That’s a good team and as long as we get better as time goes on, it will be good."
Fort St. John's next game is today at 4 p.m. against the Smithers Steelheads.
With files from Jackie Lieuwen, The Terrace Standard.