Flyers hope to be better after Christmas break

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The High River Flyers of the Heritage Junior Hockey League finished the month of December 2-2-1 playing some great hockey at times, but then not so good at other points. All five of these December games were close with three decided in overtime.

The team has showed that they can compete with the top teams in the standings, but they have not been doing that for a full 60 minutes and they will need to do that if they want to make a run in the playoffs.

“The biggest thing with our team is that we are sometimes our biggest enemy at times,” said Flyers coach Colten Hayes.

“We’ve proven night in and night out that we can win games and you know go out and battle.”

The coach went on to say that the team is very young and that he believes they will figure it out.

“We got a good group of kids and you can see them bonding more each time they are on the ice,” said Hayes.

The Flyers record is 10-16-3 for 23 points and if they play really well in January and February can climb a few spots before the start of the playoffs.


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There are nine games remaining for High River after the Christmas break and they will hope to get some consistency going when they are back on Jan. 4 when they are at home against Ponoka.

“I think it’s a good time for the break,” said Hayes.

“We have a lot of important games in the south and it could change the seeding of the playoff teams.”

In their most recent game in the 1st Annual Flyers Teddy Bear Toss game, the Flyers lost 7-5 in a high scoring affair with their rivals the Medicine Hat Cubs.

The game was played on Dec. 14 at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex.

The Flyers started slow and went down 3-0 quickly, but they played better as the game went on and the game ended 7-5. Flyers Captain Michael McTighe and Brennan McPherson scored twice, while Tyler Alger had two helpers.

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