The Winkler Flyers fell 3-2 in Winnipeg on Tuesday night, losing their third straight game on the road. Despite outshooting the Blues 47-16, the Flyers ran into a hot goaltender and came out on the wrong end of an entertaining game in the provincial capitals.
Taking on the Blues for the final time during the regular season, the Orange and Black were quick out of the gate and out chanced the Blues by a wide margin for most of the night. After a scoreless first period, the Blues scored twice in the second period and led 2-0 after 40 minutes despite Winkler leading 28-12 on the shot clock.
Early in the third period, Griffin Leonard and Drake Burgin assisted on Jaden Townsend’s 14th of the season to cut Winnipeg’s lead to 2-1. Winnipeg regained their two goal lead before the midway point of the third period and the Flyers found themselves down 3-1 despite out playing and out shooting their opponent throughout most of the game.
Then with under six minutes to play in regulation, Drake Burgin scored his 10th of the season to cut the Blues lead to 2-1. Ian Tookenay and Sulivan Shortreed drew the assists.
Unfortunately for Winkler, that is a close as they would get as Winnipeg would hang on for the 3-2 win.
Dylan Meilun took the loss in goal for Winkler as the Flyers outshot the Blues 47-12. The Flyers went 0-for-4 on the power-play and 0-for-1 on the penalty-kill.
The Flyers (34-14-5) will be back at it again on Wednesday night when they take on the Portage Terriers and Stride Place in Portage. The third place Flyers trail the second place Terriers by just one point in the Standings. You can catch the game live on Country 88.9FM or online at pembinavalleyonline.com. You can also stream the game live on www.hockeytv.com