The Fort St. John Flyers have a date with destiny on Saturday night, as they look to lock down their second straight Coy Cup title.
After losing to the Whitehorse Huskies 6-5 in round robin play on Thursday night, the Flyers came back with a vengeance in Friday’s semi-final with a dominant 7-3 win to punch their ticket to the final.
Adam Horst had a two-goal night and Joey Massingham was the offensive catalyst for the Flyers with four assists. Troy Hunt was solid once again in net.
After Whitehorse opened the scoring just 33 seconds into the game, the Flyers Rick Cleaver tied the game and Jeff Shipton added a power play goal late in the first for 2-1 lead.
The Flyers wouldn’t trail the rest of the night, scoring twice in the second on goals from Brady Bushe and Josh Bruha and three more times in the third including back-to-back markers from Horst. Jeff Carter scored his first of the night late in the third.
Flyers captain Jeff Shipton said after the game that depsite losing Thursday, the team knew what they needed to do to get back to the final.
"We were in this exact position last year, and we’ve got an unreal group of guys, a deeper team than anyone else here and we’re defending champs so we had no doubt in our mind," he said.
Now only the host Terrace River Kings stand in the way of the Flyers capturing their second straight Coy Cup title. The two teams played to a 3-3 tie to open the tournament and also battled last year for the Coy Cup in Fort Nelson. It should be a raucous and hostile home crowd for the 7 p.m. puck drop at the Terrace Sportsplex.
With files from Jackie Lieuwen, Terrace Standard