Fort St. John Senior Flyers start season 3-0

The Fort St. John Senior Flyers put on a show for the home crowd on Saturday night.

After strong defensive effort led to the season opening win and a strong overall performance Thursday, the Senior Flyers let loose scoring eight goals on route to an 8-2 victory over the Grimshaw Huskies.

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The game was highlighted by 28 minor penalties between the two teams, despite not playing in several years, head coach Gerard Dicaire thought there was no harm done by the aggressive play.

“I think it’s good. I like games like that. It brings guys out— the competitiveness of it— I’d rather that kind of game than skating around with no hitting,” he said post game on Saturday.

“When you see guys yapping or slashing the back of someone’s legs or taking a run at a guy, it makes you mad. I think they handled it well, 21 disappeared in the last period. Last period he didn’t do anything because he knew someone was going to get him.”

After one period the Flyers controlled the play but were only ahead 2-1, outshooting the Huskies 21-7 in the opening frame.

The home side got goals from Jeff Fast and Brady Busche in the first period.

Joey Missingham, Rick Cleaver and Robbie Sidhu all added tallies in the second to put the game out of reach.

The majority of the penalties came when the game was out of hand in the third period with the Senior Flyers leading 5-1 heading into the third period.

Cole Cunningham, Josh Bruha and Dan Pappin finished things off in the final frame for the Senior Flyers who ended up outshooting Grimshaw 50- 18 in the win.

Dicaire said that even with the huge win, the pace of the game was slowed because of all the penalty trouble.

 “It’s hard to gauge it in games like that— it seemed like a slow paced game at times. It almost seemed like a rec game at some points of it. I would rather compare a 60-minute game to a Spirit River or Grande Prairie,” he said.

He was happier with his team's effort on Thursday night when the Senior Flyers beat the Huskies in Grimshaw 4-3 in another chippy affair.

“We went down there with 13 guys, there was a lot of stick work and extra curricular activities. Overall it was a harder game to play, but the boys handled it well,” Dicaire said.

Including preseason the Flyers have yet to lose this season but Dicaire believes his team has yet to face a true test of their ability.

“I don’t make a whole pile out of it. I don’t think we’ve really been tested yet. Spirit River came here with 14 guys,” he said.  “We’ll see this Friday when Grande Prairie comes to town if they bring a full squad— we can truly gauge it that way. It’s nice to get the points early— you don’t want to squander points like this. I think our true test will be Friday.”

The Senior Flyers will welcome the Grande Prairie Athletics on Friday, November 14 with puck drop at 8:30.

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