In the end, the Fort St. John Flyers third-period collapse in Game Four proved to be too much to come back from. The Flyers managed to keep the game scoreless after the first period, but the Athletics scored three straight goals to start the second and really controlled the game from there, beating the Flyers 6-3 and knocking them out of the playoffs.
Grande Prairie fired 49 shots on the Fort St. John goal, as Travis McLean was eventually pulled for Ty Gullickson. The Flyers couldn't match that effort, getting just 29 shots on net. Fort St. John did have 15 skaters plus two goalies, but in the end were still short of a full bench.
It's a disappointing way for the Flyers season to end, though not a particularly surprising one. The Flyers will now have a month-long break, until the Coy Cup begins on March 26.
Grande Prairie will go on to play the Falher Pirates in the semi-final, while Dawson Creek awaits the winner of the series between the Manning Comets and Grimshaw Huskies. The Comets currently have a 3-2 series lead.
Fort St. John Flyers at Grande Prairie Athletics
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 8:30 p.m., Grande Prairie
Scoring — No scoring.
Penalties — Grande Prairie, Dennis Rix (high-sticking, 2 min.) 3:19; Grande Prairie, Chris Lanoette (cross-checking, 2 min.) 4:39; Fort St. John, James Walsh (hooking, 2 min.) 10:12.
Scoring — Grande Prairie, Sheldon McArthur (Devin Bell, Darion Fay) 1:48; Grande Prairie, Devin Bell (Darion Fay, Tyrell Mason) 8:39; Grande Prairie, Mark Stojan (Braden Crone, Lynden Lewis) 9:44; Fort St. John, Jaxon Glass (Rylan Sideroff, Joey Massingham) 11:07; Fort St. John, Clayton Bahm (Lien Miller-Jeannotte, Robbie Sidhu) 12:05; Grande Prairie, Tanner Labbe (Braden Crone) 17:46.
Penalties — Grande Prairie, Sam Bosek (spearing, 4 min.) 15:04; Fort St. John, Reid Campbell (interference, 2 min.) 16:22.
Scoring — Fort St. John, Reid Campbell (Adam Horst, Rick Cleaver) powerplay, 10:38; Grande Prairie, Tyrell Mason (Dennis Rix) 18:53; Grande Prairie, Darion Fay (Blake Clement) 19:13.
Penalties — Grande Prairie, Lynden Lewis (slashing, 2 min.) 9:37; Fort St. John, Reid Campbell (tripping, 2 min.) 14:57; Fort St. John, Lien Miller-Jeannotte (misconduct) 18:53; Fort St. John, Layne Stopanski (slashing, 2 min.) 19:52; Grande Prairie, Tyrone Kipling (unsportsmanlike, 2 min.) 19:52; Grande Prairie, Chris Lanoette (roughing, 2 min., misconduct) 19:54.
Goal (saves/shots) — Fort St. John, Travis McLean/ Ty Gullickson (43/49); Grande Prairie, Kiefer Smiley (26/29)
Powerplay — Fort St. John (1/6); Grande Prairie (0/2)