The Fort St. John Flyers will play Game 4 of their West Division series against the Grande Prairie Athletics at home Tuesday, down two-games-to-one after a 4-1 road loss over the weekend.
"It's always the same thing on the road, it's all about numbers." said Head coach Andrew Leriger. "We haven't had a full roster yet on the road and it's hard playing a team as good as Grande Prairie is and as physical as Grande Prairie is, and we're down to 12 skaters."
The Flyers took Game 2, at home 6-3 Thursday, but with a full roster of 20 players.
Even with 12 skaters, Fort St. John was able to keep pace until late in the second when the A's broke a 1-1 tie, scoring twice in a span of just 1:46.
"It was a good effort, the guys didn't quit. Defensively, we were very sound" said Leriger. "(We) kept them to the outside, (we) didn't really give them a lot."
Leriger credits goaltender Travis MacLean for keeping the match close. "He was phenomenal the whole game." MacLean turned aside 28 of the 31 shots he faced.
Game 4 is set for Tuesday night at the North Peace Arena. Face-off will be at 8:30.
— Dave Lueneberg
Fort St. John Flyers at Grande Prairie Athletics
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 8:30 p.m., Grande Prairie
Scoring — Grande Prairie, Morgan MacLean (Brock Clement, Andrew Buote) 7:13; Fort St. John, Adam Horst (Ryan Carter, James Walsh) powerplay, 11:30.
Penalties — Grande Prairie, Tyrell Mason (interference, 2 min.) 4:30; Grande Prairie, Tyrell Mason (interference, 2 min.) 8:48; Fort St. John, Daylen Pearson (slashing, 2 min.) 18:54; Grande Prairie, Tyrell Mason (tripping, 2 min.) 19:26.
Scoring — Grande Prairie, Mark Stojan (Mackenzie Caron, Andrew Buote) 17:31; Grande Prairie, Blake Clement (Morgan MacLean, Sheldon Hubbard) 19:17.
Penalties — Grande Prairie, Mark Stojan (roughing, 2 min.) 1:28; Grande Prairie, Dennis Rix (slashing, 2 min.) 3:19; Fort St. John, Daylen Pearson (high-sticking, 2 min.) 5:09; Grande Prairie, Kiefer Smiley (delay of game, 2 min.) 19:26.
Scoring — Grande Prairie, Lynden Lewis (unassisted) empty net, 18:33.
Penalties — Fort St. John, Kelly Loudoun (roughing, 2 min.) 7:03; Grande Prairie, Braden Crone (roughing, 2 min.) 7:03; Fort St. John, Robbie Sidhu (roughing, 2 min.) 11:17; Grande Prairie, Blake Clement (roughing, 2 min.) 11:17; Fort St. John, James Walsh (roughing, 2 min.) 13:04; Grande Prairie, Jon Mirasty (cross-checking, 2 min.) 19:52.
Goal (saves/shots) — Fort St. John, Travis McLean (27/30); Grande Prairie, Kiefer Smiley (37/38)
Powerplay — Fort St. John (1/7); Grande Prairie (0/3)