The Dawson Creek Senior Canucks are going to the Coy Cup.
With a 4-3 overtime win Thursday, the Canucks advance to the Coy dance this in March, while the Flyers have to shift gears back to NPHL regular season play.
"We had some big performances from some guys and Fort St. John gave us all we can handle. It's always unfortunate for a game to end on a powerplay in overtime but we'll take it," said Canucks Head Coach Chris Stevens. The Canucks have had the Flyers' number this year, going 4-1 over the Flyers in both NPHL and Coy Cup games thus far this season.
"We have a solid team and we're really excited. Now, we have to shift our focus back to league play, then preparing for the Coy Cup when the time comes."
Dawson Creek opened back and forth scoring early in the first by Mike Lalonde, but Lien Miller-Jeannotte would tie the game up with a nice goal for the Flyers with five minutes remaining in the first.
Scoring was turned up a notch in the second. Riley Muise of the Canucks scored first on a rush to make it 2-1, but Joey Massingham of the Flyers scored minutes later after his cross-crease pass took some weird bounces before going in the net. After Lalonde scored again to give the Canucks the lead, it was Payden Wongstedt scoring from behind the net with three minutes left, banking it off Canucks goalie Josh Round's pads into the net.
The Flyers took it to the Canucks early in the third, with extended time in the Dawson Creek zone, but were unable to beat Round. The last half of the period was all Dawson Creek, but Flyers goalie Travis McLean was amazing, keeping the game at threes and headed to overtime.
After the Canucks squandered their first powerplay in overtime, they would get another chance five minutes later. Dawson Creek controlled possession for a minute straight, before defenseman Kevin Swales beat Flyers goaltender McLean from the blueline.
The Canucks put on a show for the hometown fans.
"It was great to get the support from the fans tonight and we're glad to get the win for them," said Stevens.
Dawson Creek will have Friday off before heading to Grande Prairie for a tough match against the Athletics. Then Flyers return to Mile 0 City on Tuesday for a rematch, this time in NPHL regular season play.