Adam Boytinck scored the opening goal just four minutes into the game and it proved to be the game winner as the Athletics defeated the visiting Fahler Pirates 5 to 0 on Saturday night in Grande Prairie’s home opener.
Brock Clement (with two), Rod Bowers and Andrew Buote also scored for the Athletics (2-1-0) as Darren Walker stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the NPHL season.
Grande Prairie responded nicely following their first loss of the season Thursday night in Spirit River. The A’s didn’t let off the gas for much of the night peppering Pirates netminder Nick Deslongchamps with 50 shots throughout the course of the evening. Deslongchamps was solid throughout the game for the Pirates but the A’s managed to provide some breathing room in the second period following three goals, two of which came on the powerplay.
Perhaps their strongest period the A’s finished the third firing 19 more shots Deslongchamps way, the only one to beat him in the final twenty came off the stick of Clement who added his second of the night, both coming on the powerplay.
The loss pushes the Pirates record to 0 and 2, with the club failing to score a goal in each of their losses. They’ll now look to get back into the win column as they host another winless team in the Grimshaw Huskies this Friday night in Fahler.
Having won five of their last six home openers Grande Prairie now heads back out onto the road for their only game of the week this Friday night as they make the trek across the border into B.C and to Fort St. John. The Flyers currently sit in first place tied with the Spirit River Rangers with a perfect 3 and 0 record.