Rick Cleaver, Ryan Carter, and Adam Horst splashed blood all over the Dawson Memorial Arena Thursday night, in the Flyer’s last game of the regular season, winning 6-0. Cleaver, Carter, and Horst accounted for five goals, while Jake Ebner finished the moral, mental and physical rendering of the Sr. Canucks with a sixth in the last 20 seconds of the third period.
“Sometimes pride is a factor because some of the guys know each other on either team,” Cleaver said on the trip south of the river.
The Flyer's also clinched the Lawrence Cup with the most points in the regular season, edging out Grande Prairie.
“That positions us for a home ice advantage going into the play offs,” said coach Andrew Leriger.
Steven Ridley soaked up shots 46-28 for the Flyers.
“I like these nice quiet games,” said Leriger.
Cleaver scored first with an assist from Carter at 16:23. Then it was Carter with an assist from Cleaver and Marshall Sidwell at 4:42 in the period. Shots on net were 17-10, Sidwell taking the only penalty, two minutes for hooking.
The second period saw Horst’s goal, with an assist by Carter. The Sr. Canucks were heavily out played and resorted to roughing, with no less than six penalties for each team.
One penalty stood out above the rest, when John-Wayne Howes took a two handed, “In a league of their own” slash at Flyer Joey Massingham.
“I kind of caught the back swing out of the corner of my eye and thought it was weird when I didn’t feel anything, until whack,” said Massingham, about the break out of the second fight of the night.
Carter, Cleaver, and Ebner finished eviscerating the Sr. Canucks with three more goals in the third.
Besides the cup, a win like this can set up a team for a strong finish.
“You’re looking for momentum going into the playoffs,” said Cleaver.
And it didn’t come as a surprised to the Flyers’ staff.
“This is exactly the outcome I expected,” said Leriger.
Fort St. John’s first play off game will be in Dawson Creek Tuesday, Jan. 31.