Fort St. John Senior Flyers face Grande Prairie Athletics Saturday as division rivalries heat up

The Fort St. John Senior Flyers head to Grande Prairie on Saturday, Dec. 8 for their fourth matchup of this early season against the Athletics. The Flyers are 2-1 against the Athletics this year, with the most recent game a 5-4 Fort St. John win on Nov. 30.

Both Flyers wins have come at home in one goal games, while the Athletics’ lone win was in Grande Prairie, a 7-2 beat-down of Fort St. John, meaning the Flyers will have to bring their A-game this time if they want to come back to town with a win.

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The Flyers are playing more consistently compared to the beginning of the season, in large part thanks to both goaltenders being back in the lineup each night. However, the Flyers are suffering from a lack of consistency and conditioning, as shown most recently in the team’s 5-4 loss at home to the Falher Pirates on Dec. 1.

“The legs weren’t there and it’s noticeable. We’re not showing up for practice. There’s half a dozen guys coming, and I can’t do anything with that. We have good talent, but we need to have the same guys at every game and practice,” said Flyers coach Andrew Leriger.

The Flyers will need to put it all together quickly as the rest of the December schedule is arguably their toughest stretch of the season. A win in Grande Prairie would bring the Flyers within a point of the Athletics for second in the West Division, but it’s after that where things get tricky.

The Flyers have four more games until the Christmas break, with three of those coming against the first-place Dawson Creek Senior Canucks, who currently have a 6-1 record.

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