The Fort St. John Flyers enter their third game of the season with a 1-1 record, and are coming off an embarrassing 7-2 loss in Grande Prairie against the Athletics.
“It wasn’t much of an effort. The guys weren’t prepared. Grande Prairie is playing a different type of a game against us this season and I thought we were on the soft side and got embarrassed,” said head coach Andrew Leriger.
His team will have to be a lot better if they want to get back in the win column when they host the High Prairie Regals on Nov. 10. The Regals lost their only game of the season so far 5-2 against the Manning Comets.
Despite the lopsided loss, there are some positives the Flyers can take away from the game against the Athletics. At one point, the Flyers were down just 3-2 in the third period, and were without four of their regulars. As well, goalie Travis McLean left halfway through the game with a migraine and some minor injuries, and should be healthy and good to go this weekend.
Flyers defenceman Reid Campbell had a good game, with two goals, but said the Flyers need to be better going forward.
“A 7-2 loss is frustrating, but it’s early in the season and growing pains are natural. We’ll take it on the chin and go back to the drawing board. You can’t dwell on this,” said Campbell.
The Flyers expect the Regals to bring their similar run and gun style to Fort St. John which relies on stretch passes and counter attacks.
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