Steve Dodge.

Forestry Hockey League starts off with a bang

Steve Dodge brings us all the highlights from the FHL

Season 24, Week 1 Highlights:

BEAR STARTS OFF THE 2017/18 SEASON HOW THEY FINISHED OFF LAST YEAR, WITH A 7-1 PASTING OF BCS AS FRASER RIVER SHUTS-OUT SERENITY BY A 3 NIL COUNT.

Obviously skating on the new, newest, brand new, extra-large ice surface was just what the defending champs wanted as they had their way with BCS in a 7-1 victory.

Serendipitously scoring the first-ever FHL marker in the West Fraser Centre was Justin “Time” Rasmussen, who as the new Bear Captain scored two goals and assisted on a Brody “Good” Neighbour marker. Continuing his hot streak from last year was Les “Knuckles” Nylen who scored a pair and assisted on a Gord “Sockeye” Salmons mesh rippler.

Rounding out the scoring for Bear was Colin “Clutch” Keis, who keeps getting better with age as he added two goals and a helper.

The contest in Rink 2 was a total domination by Fraser River as Mike “Port” Moody earned a rare shut-out victory over Serenity, three zip. The three amigos of Brian “The Dominator” Domeris, Ian “Heartbreaker” Hannah and Jason “Junior” Johnson all had a goal and an assist in the win.

Season 24, Week 2 Highlights:

BEAR CONTINUES TO FLEX ITS OFFENSIVE MUSCLES WITH AN 8-7 WIN OVER SERENITY AS BCS COMES BACK FROM A 4-1 DEFICIT TO EEK OUT A 5-5 SISTER KISSER VERSUS FRASER RIVER.

Playing its second consecutive game on the biggest rink on Barlow, Bear outscored Serenity 8-7 to continue a perfect start to the season.

The only change was that Cam “Shaft” Graham was the shooting star, as he notched the hat trick to go with an assist on the winner which Les “Knuckles” Nylen was happy to provide. Having huge games for Serenity was Lee “Nitro” Naeth, who scored once and added three assists as Wade Price “Is Right” tickled the twine once and collected a trio of helpers.

The other contest saw BCS overcome 4-1 and 5-3 Fraser River leads before forcing a fruitless shoot-out session to make the final 5-all. Eric “Frantic” Stanick, Jimmy “The Cricket” Sales, Ian “Heartbreaker” Hannah and Jason “Junior” Johnson all had multi-point games to power the Chevy engines.

Cuing the comeback for BCS was Dan “The Thrill” Hills with a hat trick as Dave “Kim” Carnes scored once and added two helpers, with Wade “The Blade” Fenton going roof daddy with authority.

Season 24, Week 3 Highlights:

TWO ELECTRIFYING GAMES ARE FEATURED THIS WEEK AS FRASER RIVER SCORES IN THE SHOOT-OUT TO DEFEAT BEAR 4-3 AS BCS STAGES ANOTHER COMEBACK TO DISAPPOINT SERENITY 5-4.

On the same day that the NHL opened up its season, the two undefeated FHL teams squared off in Rink 2 with Fraser River eking out a 4-3 win in the shoot-out. For the second week in a row, the Chevy Crew had built a multi-goal lead only to squander it late and were lucky that the man in the striped shirt waved off an apparent Bear shoot-out goal that set the stage for Jason “Junior” Johnson to make good on a perfect shot just over the pad to seal the deal.

Bears ‘fur’-ious comeback was led by their trio of goal-a-game forwards, as Justin “Time” Rasmussen and Gord “Spawning” Salmons set the stage for Brody “Next door” Neighbour to push the game to extra shots.

Providing the offense for Fraser River was Jim “Soupy” Sales with two of the cheesy variety, as Kris “Haymaker” Hayman and Rob “The Rock” Lentz collected a pair of helpers each.

The contest at the new West Fraser Barn on Barlow looked like a smoke show for Serenity until BCS woke up and smelled the coffee as they once again overcame a 4-1 deficit to win their first by a slim 5-4 margin.

Storming out of the gate for the Builders was Lee “Nitro” Naeth and Matt “The Punisher” Powell, who scored their first two markers. Taking advantage of the tilted ice was George “Popeye” Paul, who cashed in on a perfect feed from Glen “Boom-Boom” Boudreau before “Boom-Boom” went on the longest end to end rush of his career that he consummated with a five hole deposit.

Despite BCS being down, Rick “The Wizard” Izzard scored his first FHL goal since March 28, 2001, to shake the Black clad crew to attention.

Thankfully, early in the second half, Richard “The man with the Golden Gloves” Lindstrom scored, which proved to be the foundation for the comeback trail. A couple of dominating shifts ensued with Wade “The Blade” Fenton knifing one in before Chris “Crown” Royle deftly tipped one in off a “Wizard” blast from the point.

That set up the opportunity for Kevin “Nightrider” Hesslegrave to shake off his jetlag as he scored the winner despite being on Barcelona time.

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