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Flyers take three of six points

By Kevin Anderson, The Northern Times

The Kapuskasing Eastview Chev RV Flyers were home for a trio of games this past weekend and managed to nab three of the possible six points on the line.
Friday, the Flyers faced off against the Timmins Majors.

With the two teams blanking the first frame, it would be the Kap club opening the scoring in the second period to take a 1-0 lead into the third.

There, the Flyers would outscore the visitors 4-3 in what would eventually be a 5-3 Kap win.

Leading the way for the home team were Martin Poisson (2G) and Mathieu Parent (1G, 2A).

Sebastien Plamondon picked up the win between the pipes.

“Once we started moving our feet and moving the puck well, things go well for us,” said head coach Glen Denney. “We battled pretty hard and put up for goals. I wasn’t so concerned about what we created, but more by what we gave up. It’s about making simple plays and sometimes guys complicate things for themselves.”
Saturday, the Flyers were visited by the North Bay Minor Midget Trappers.

In a game that featured a good deal of speed, physicality and excellent goaltending at both ends of the ice, the Flyers would come up on the short end of a 2-1 overtime decision.

Blane Boissoneault had the lone goal for the Flyers in the loss.

“We outshot them 41-22 but (Trappers goalie) Ben Gaudreau played phenomenal. It’s as simple as that,” said Denney. “The kid stood on his head. He didn’t just make the first save. He made the second, the third and the fourth save. What’s really amazing is that he’s only Major Bantam age.”
Sunday, the Flyers welcomed the New Liskeard Cubs to the Kap RCC.

From the outset, the Flyers dominated play, however it would be the Cubs who would find themselves up 3-1 after one period of play.

The visitors would add one more in the second period and two more in the third, en route to a 6-3 win.

Alexandre Blais picked up two goals for the Flyers in the loss, with Ryan Maynard and Dawson Linklater each picking up a pair of assists.

“Every time we made a mistake they made us pay,” said Denney. “I don’t think they got out of their zone for the first eight minutes of the game, but they got three goals on their first four shots.

“We can’t focus on the result. If anyone was to watch video of that game without looking at the scoreboard, they wouldn’t believe that we didn’t come out on the right end of it. The score was no indication of what was actually going on out on the ice.

“As a whole, if take a look at the nine periods from this past weekend, we didn’t play an awful lot of bad hockey. We just made a handful of mistakes that we really paid a price for.”

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Flyers heading into the holidays, as they finish a six games in nine days home stand this week.

Wednesday, the Flyers once again welcomed the Timmins Majors to the Kap RCC (no results were available as of press time), while Friday they will take on the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves and then the New Liskeard Cubs on Saturday.

Both the Friday and Saturday games have a start time of 7:30 p.m.

“It’s all about attention to detail for 60 minutes.  When you outplay teams heavily for 45-50 minutes little details can make a big difference in breakdowns,” said Denney.

“Facing pucks, stopping on pucks, sticks in the right place, finishing routes, finishing checks (or not), having proper body position, understanding responsibility on faceoffs, putting pucks in the proper locations (dumps/shooting), etc.

“We’re an aggressive team and if the ‘details’ must be adhered to.”

Just in time for the holidays, Santa Claus will be at Saturday’s game, to hand out prizes to children.