The Winkler Flyers deserved better in a 6-1 loss to the visiting Steinbach Pistons on Wednesday night, dropping their second game in a row. Nolan McGuire was the only Flyer to beat Pistons’ goaltender Roman Bengert who stopped 44 of the 45 shots in faced against Winkler.
After winning three of the four games on their recent road swing, the Flyers returned home for the first time since September 27th. The Flyers had a very strong opening period against the MJHL’s top club and outshot and out played Steinbach in the first 20 minutes.
Despite the Flyers solid first period, the Pistons scored first on the power-play, 9:48 into the game. The first period was an exciting, hard hitting and fast paced period with the Flyers outshooting the visiting Pistons 24-11. The Flyers failure to capitalize in the first would prove costly in the end.
Steinbach doubled their lead to 2-0 when Vaughn Dupre pounced on a Winkler mistake in the defensive zone and beat goaltender Jakob Severson before the second period was eight minutes old. With the Flyers still outshooting and out chancing the Pistons, the visitors increased their lead to 3-0 with another power-play goal later in the period. With the shots 35-25 for Winkler after 40 minutes, Steinbach took their three goal lead into the second intermission, thanks in large part to the play of their goaltender.
Special teams was the story of the game, and the Pistons would add to their lead with another Special Teams goal just over seven minutes into the third. This time it was a short-handed goal, 7:01 into the period and the Pistons’ lead had grown to 4-0.
With 8:04 still to play in the game, the Flyers finally caught a break when Nolan McGuire banged in a loose puck to put Winkler on the board. Lawson McDonald and Jason Cohan assisted on McGuire’s first of the season. However, the Pistons added two more goals before the end and handed the Flyers the 6-1 loss at home.
Flyers’ goaltender Jakob Severson fell to 1-1 on the year as Winkler outshot the Pistons 45-36. Winkler went 0-for-6 on the power-play and 2-for-4 on the penalty-kill.
The Flyers (5-3) will travel to Neepawa (2-6) on Friday night to try and snap their mini two game losing skid. The Flyers are 2-0 against the Natives this season. You can catch Friday’s game live on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com with Matt Friesen’s pregame show at 7:25pm.
GREAT CANADIAN OIL CHANGE THREE STARS
1ST STAR – ROMAN BENGERT (STEINBACH)
2ND STAR – MACKENZIE GRAHAM (STEINBACH)
3RD STAR – NOLAN MCGUIRE (WINKLER)