The High River Flyers knocked off two of the best teams in the HJHL in thrilling style this past weekend, making an argument for themselves as a serious contender in a very competitive Southern Division.
Beginning the weekend in style, the Flyers bested Strathmore 4-3 in a dominating performance Friday night in High River.
While the score indicated a close matchup, the Flyers flexed their muscles and were only robbed of a much larger victory by some stellar opposition goaltending.
“We could’ve won that game by a lot more,” said head coach Murray Wegener. “We ran into a hot goaltender.”
The big game victory allowed the Flyers to draw closer to fourth place Strathmore, who currently sit directly above the Flyers in the standings.
Largely owing to the teams’ close position in the rankings, Friday night’s display was a big confidence boost, showing the Flyers can beat some of the top teams in the division and continuing climbing up the standings.
“[If we want to move up the standings] we have to beat those teams,” said Wegener. “It was a confidence boost.”
The Flyers weren’t finished with the team’s heroics and the pulled off arguably one of the biggest victories of the season by knocking off second place Coaldale 3-2 on Sunday. A shocking result to say the least, as Coaldale had bested the Flyers by wide margins in the two previous matchups, including a 9-1 victory last month.
However, the Flyers not only upstaged the Copperheads in a tight ‘playoff like’ matchup on Sunday, the team did so on the road.
“We came into this game looking to keep it close, to win was a bonus,” said Wegener, while acknowledging Coaldale was clearly off their game.
“It looked like Coaldale faltered. It seems some teams aren’t playing their best as well as they should,” he added.
This clearly isn’t the case with the Flyers, which now sit only three points behind Starthmore for fourth place.
“We’re finding ways to win in a playoff like atmosphere,” said Wegener.