Athletics Win Home Opener

Athletics Earn Gutsy Win

Grande Prairie Athletics Darren Walker picked up his second shutout of the season, stopping 28 shots in a 1-0 victory over the Fort St. John Flyers in NPHL hockey Thursday night at the Coca Cola Centre.

The Athletics desperately needed a win Thursday night looking to move closer to clinching home ice advantage in the opening round of the NPHL playoffs. The win makes it six in a row and improves Grande Prairie to 14-4-0 overall while the Flyers dropped to 10-4-1.

For the first time this season the Flyers were blanked.

For much of the night it could have gone either way as both Walker and Flyers goalie Troy Hunt battled back and forth for much of the night. The only goal of the hockey game came in the second period as Athletics defensemen Mark Stojan managed to push one past Hunt. That would be the only goal scored on the evening.

The 1 to 0 win could be an early preview for this seasons semi-finals. The win pushed Grande Prairie into first place, two points up on the Spirit River Rangers, although Spirit still has two games in hand on Grande Prairie.

Grande Prairie had a 40-29 shot advantage as Flyers goalie Troy Hunt made 39 saves in the loss.

The Athletics are off until next weekend when they travel to Manning.

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