The TR Flyers Midget hockey team traveled up the Alaska Highway to Ft Nelson to represent our community in their 6th tournament of the season on March 4 and 5. The Ft Nelson Fury supplied 2 teams for the tournament, and Ft St John added the fourth entry.
The first game Friday night saw Justin McQueen, Jordan Stanek, and Bantam-aged call up Jordan Pouliot start us out with a 3-0 lead by the halfway mark of the first period. The tide turned after a Justin Pouliot elbowing penalty, as the Ft Nelson Fury white team scored a power play marker, and then scored another two as the period closed 3-3. The Fury continued their thrust, adding 2 more in the second for a total of 5 straight goals.
McQueen potted his second of the game to close the gap to 5-4 after 2. Ft Nelson scored, then Jordan Pittman replied with 13:48 to go in the game, but we couldn?t get the tying goal, as we dropped a 6-5 decision. Jordan Stanek added 3 assists to his lone goal, impressing Aunt Pauline Bates in the process. Justin Pouliot had a pair of assists, with Justin Kruse and Carson David adding singles. Carson was named game MVP for our side.
The second game pitted the TR Flyers against the 2nd Ft Nelson team. We dominated from the drop of the puck, as Pitman, McQueen, Garrett Pendleton, Stanek, and David scored for a 5-0 lead. The Ft Nelson Fury black team scored with 45 seconds left in the second to break goalie Chris Fowlow?s shutout. They started a comeback in the third with a pair of goals, but Carson scored two more to complete his hattrick and close the game with a 7-3 win. Jordan Pouliot had a pair of assists in the victory.
Game three was a rough one against the Ft St John Earl Alexander team. After an early goal by captain Justin McQueen, FSJ plowed their way through with 4 unanswered goals. In a penalty filled match, Jordan Pouliot cut the lead in half when he scored on assists from Stanek and McQueen. Both teams had 11 minor penalties. The Earl Alexanders had an additional 10 minute misconduct, and a 5 minute major + a game for a kicking incident. The game ended in a 6-3 loss for TR. Big Phil Hayden was selected as the game MVP for TR.
?We were beat up in that third game, and came out with only 9 skaters for the last game?, recounted coach Bertrand. The Ft Nelson Fury Black team that the boys had beat the day before 6-3, came out and recorded a 7-1 win. Carson David scored our only goal on an assist from Justin Pouliot.
On Saturday, the organizers had a skills competition. Phil Hayden won the shootout drill, and Flyers rookie goaltender Chris Fowlow was the best out of the 4 netminders to win that title. Both skaters took home cash prizes for the clinic on their superior talents.