Cam Whyte had three goals and two assists against his former club as the Winkler Flyers beat the Dauphin Kings 6-3 to begin a three game northern road trip. The Flyers scored early and often against the Kings enroute to their eighth win of the season.
After an emotional shootout loss to the visiting Portage Terriers in their last game, the Winkler Flyers began the trip up north with a stop in Dauphin on Friday.
The Flyers opened the scoring just 4:40 into the game when Cam Whyte found Scott Gall alone in front of the net, allowing the Morden native to score his second of the season, giving the Flyers an early 1-0 lead. Winkler’s power-play, which had been struggling, came to life near the midway point of the period. Off a clean faceoff win by Josh Cook, Winkler product Jordan Wall let a wrist shot go that beat Kings goaltender Troy Martyniuk, extending the Flyers lead to 2-0.
With 6:44 remaining in the first period, Lawson McDonald fired a shot off the inside of the far post and in, pushing Winkler’s lead to three goals. Cam Whyte drew his second assist of the night as Winkler took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission while outshooting the Kings 15-6.
The Flyers kept it going into the second period as Cam Whyte, who was traded from the Kings to the Flyers in an off-season move scored his fourth of the season, giving Winkler a 4-0 lead just 1:31 into the period. Scott Gall and Patrice Wren assisted.
Dauphin hit the score sheet at the 8:49 mark when Ben Hull scored a power-play goal, cutting Winkler’s lead to 4-1.
Cam Whyte then scored his second of the night, re-directing Scott Gall’s centering pass with 6:30 left in the second and the Flyers lead had grown to 5-1. In the final minute of the period, Cam Whyte completed the second period hat-trick by snapping home his third of the game and sixth of the season, giving the Flyers a five goal lead through 40 minutes of play.
The Kings did score twice in the third period, but by then the game was well out of reach.
Dasan Sydora (4-1-1) was good when called upon, making 21 saves as the Flyers out-shot Dauphin 40-24 overall. Winkler went 2-for-5 on the power-play and 3-for-4 on the penalty-kill.
The Flyers (8-2-3), who have a 4-0-3 record in the month of October will travel to OCN (5-7) on Saturday night for their fourth meeting of the season against the Blizzard. In their previous three meetings, the Flyers have a 2-0-1 record. The Blizzard haven’t played since last Saturday’s 2-1 loss in Winkler.
You can catch the game live on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com with Matt Friesen’s pregame show getting underway at 6:55pm.