The Dawson Creek Canucks came to Fort St. John last night looking to get a win and clinch the Lawrence Cup for finishing the regular season with the most points, but the Fort St. John Flyers had other ideas. The Flyers dug down deep and shutout the Canucks 5-0, on the backs of a shutout performance from Travis McLean.
"Dawson wanted to win the league, this was two points they wanted, so we had something to play for. It's been a progression this month getting prepared for playoffs, and it was a very gutsy effort for us by how little a bench we had by the end of the night," said Flyers Coach Andrew Leriger.
The Flyers had a couple players leave the game due to injury and game misconducts, so will be taking it easy for the rest of the week so that everyone is ready to go against Grande Prairie, next Tuesday, Feb. 5, for the start of their playoff series. Fort St. John and Grande Prairie do play tonight but the goal will be trying not to lose any players to injury.
Dawson Creek Canucks at Fort St. John Flyers
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 8:30 p.m., North Peace Arena
Scoring — Fort St. John, Josh Bennett (Reid Campbell) 6:46; Fort St. John, Reid Campbell (Jeff Shipton, Rick Cleaver) 10:01.
Penalties — Dawson Creek, Brett Norman (slashing, 2 min.) 16:24.
Scoring — Fort St. John, Brandon Pfeil (Jeff Shipton, Rick Cleaver) 00:38; Fort St. John, Joey Massingham (Rick Cleaver, Reid Campbell) powerplay, 8:41.
Penalties — Fort St. John, Rylan Sideroff (tripping, 2 min.) 3:24; Fort St. John, Joey Massingham (high sticking, 4 min.) 3:24; Dawson Creek, John Wayne Howes (hooking, 2 min.) 6:11; Dawson Creek, Matt Schmerund (hooking, 2 min.) 8:00; Dawson Creek, Jeff Taylor (fighting, 5 min., game misconduct) 8:47; Fort St. John, Josh Bennett (fighting, 5 min., game misconduct) 8:47; Dawson Creek, Scott Fisher (kneeing, 2 min.) 9:40; Fort St. John, Ryan Forbes (roughing, 2 min.) 14:53.
Scoring — Fort St. John, Rick Cleaver (Robbie Sidhu, James Walsh) powerplay, 4:39.
Penalties — Dawson Creek, John Wayne Howes (roughing, 2 min.) 1:31, Fort St. John, Joey Massingham (checking from behind, game misconduct) 2:24; Dawson Creek; Spencer Gover (roughing, 2 min.) 3:22; Dawson Creek, John Wayne Howes (unsportsmanlike, 2 min.) 3:37; Fort St. John, Brandon Pfeil (roughing, 2 min.) 3:37.
Goal (saves/shots) — Fort St. John, Travis McLean (32/32); Dawson Creek, Josh Round (27/32)
Powerplay — Fort St. John (2/6); Dawson Creek (0/4)