Travis McLean made 32 saves to record the shutout and Josh Bennett scored his first goal of the season to lead the hometown Fort St. John Flyers to a 5-0 win over the Dawson Creek Canucks Wednesday night.
DC had a chance to clinch the Lawrence Cup, given to the team which places first overall each season. DC can still clinch with a Falher loss at home against High Prairie tonight [Thursday] or by earning a point in their final game of the season against FAL Saturday.
But the defending NPHL champs sent a message they will not give up their title easily. FSJ led 2-0 after one period on goals from Bennett and Reid Campbell.
In the second period, Brandon Pfeil made it 3-0, then Joey Massingham’s power play goal made it 4-0.
Rick Cleaver’s power play goal rounded out the scoring in the third.
DC’s top-ranked power play was scoreless in four chances, including an extended two-man advantage in the second period when FSJ led 3-0.
The season series concluded with DC winning four of six games.
FSJ has now recorded back-to-back shutouts having blanked the Manning Comets 12-0 Jan. 25
Canucks 0 at Flyers 5
Wed., Jan. 30
1. FSJ, Josh Bennett 1 (Reid Campbell) 6:46
2. FSJ, Reid Campbell 10 (Jeff Shipton, Rick Cleaver) 10:01
Penalty: Brett Norman DC (slashing) 16:24.
3. FSJ, Brandon Pfeil 8 (Jeff Shipton, Rick Cleaver) 00:38
4. FSJ, Joey Massingham 14 (Rick Cleaver, Reid Campbell) 8:41 (pp)
Penalties: Rylan Sideroff FSJ (tripping) and Joey Massingham FSJ (high-sticking double minor) 3:24, John Wayne Howes DC (hooking) 6:11, Matt Schmermund DC (hooking) 8:00, Jeff Taylor DC and Josh Bennett FSJ (fighting majors, game misconducts) 8:47, Scott Fisher DC (kneeing) 9:40, Ryan Forbes FSJ (roughing) 14:53.
5. FSJ, Rick Cleaver 16 (Robbie Sidhu, James Walsh) 4:39 (pp)
Penalties: John Wayne Howes DC (roughing) 1:31, Joey Massingham FSJ (checking from behind, game misconduct) 2:24, Spencer Gover DC (roughing) 3:22, John Wayne Howes DC (unsportsmanlike) and Brandon Pfeil FSJ (roughing) 3:37.
Shots on goal:
Dawson Creek 9 11 12 -32
Fort St. John 13 10 9 -32 Goaltenders: Canucks, Josh Round; Flyers, Travis McLean.
Power Plays: DC 0-4; FSJ 2-6.
Penalties in Minutes: DC 29; FSJ 37.