The Winkler Flyers lost 4-3 in overtime to the visiting Steinbach Pistons on Tuesday night. Scott Gall scored a power-play with 40 seconds left in the third period to force overtime and secure a single point for the Orange and Black.
Playing their first game since posting back to back shutout wins at the MJHL Showcase in Winnipeg over the weekend, the Flyers returned home to face the Pistons for the third time already this season. The Flyers and Pistons split their season opening home and home series, with the road team winning each game.
Tuesday’s affair was an entertaining, back and forth game featuring two of the league’s top clubs. Steinbach hit the score board first just past the midway point of the first period when Flyers defenseman Tyler Jubenvill got taken out in the neutral zone, sending the Pistons into Winkler’s zone on a 3-on-1. Steinbach took their 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Winkler dominated the second period and took the lead with a pair of goals. The tying goal came on the power-play at the 10:06 mark of the period when Thomas Mansbridge’s wrist shot found the back of the net. Scott Gall assisted on Mansbridge’s second of the year.
The Flyers took the lead with 1:07 left in the second thanks to 15 year old defenseman Tyler Jubenvill’s first ever Manitoba Junior Hockey League goal. After taking the pass from Kayden Jarvis at the Steinbach blueline, Jubenvill let a wrist shot go that whistled over the shoulder of Pistons goaltender Jeremy Wik, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Tristan Keck drew the second assist. Winkler outshot Steinbach 16-7 in the second period and carried their one goal lead into the third.
Steinbach tied the game 2-2 with a quick goal to start the third period and took the lead on the power-play with 5:58 left in regulation. Flyers defenseman Nathan Karlowsky was assessed a five minute major for tripping and the Pistons scored on the ensuing man advantage to go up 3-2.
Winkler was then given a chance on the power-play late in the period and with goalie Ryan Larochelle on the bench in favor of the extra attacker, the Flyers tied the game 3-3 with just 40 seconds left on the clock. After getting the pass beside the net from Tristan Keck, Jordan Williamson found Scott Gall in front and the Morden native scored his fourth of the season, tying the game 3-3 and sending the contest to overtime.
With both teams trading chances in overtime, the Pistons went to the power-play again and scored the game winner 1:52 into the fourth period.
Flyers goaltender Ryan Larochelle, who had his shutout streak end at 131 minutes and 43 seconds made 25 saves in the loss. Winkler outshot Steinbach 38-29 overall. Winkler went 2-for-6 on the power-play and 2-for-4 on the penalty-kill. The Flyers have scored at least one power-play goal in all six regular season games.
The Flyers (4-1-1) will host the Winnipeg Blues (3-2-1) on Friday, October 9th at the Winkler Recreation Complex in the second game of their four game homestand. The Flyers are 1-0 against the Blues this season.
GREAT CANADIAN OIL CHANGE THREE STARS
1st Star – Scott Gall – Winkler – (1 goal – 1 assist)
2nd Star – Tristan Keck – Winkler – (2 assists)
3rd Star – Luke Amsbaugh – Steinbach (1 goal – 1 assist)