The Orange and Black wrapped up their eight game preseason schedule with a dominant 5-0 win in Neepawa on Saturday night. The Flyers out-shot the Natives 50-18 on their way to a 7-1 MJHL preseason record.
Trying to conclude their exhibition schedule and head into the regular season on the right foot, the Winkler Flyers traveled to Neepawa looking for their seventh straight win and second in a row against Neepawa.
Just minutes into the game, the veteran group of Flyers hit the scoresheet. Bryce Enns found the back of the net just 4:24 into the first and the Flyers had a 1-0 lead. Scott Gall drew the lone assist. The Flyers outshot Neepawa 15-5 in the opening period and took their one goal lead into the first intermission.
The game remained 1-0 until the Flyers struck for two quick power-play goals near the end of the second. With 2:36 to play before the break, Evan Last and Bryce Enns assisted on Scott Gall’s second goal in as many games, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead. Cam Whyte would extend Winkler’s lead to 3-0 with another power-play goal with just 12 seconds to play in the period. Defensemen Connor Hamonic and Jon Carlson drew the assists to send Winkler into the second intermission with a three goal cushion.
The Flyers kept their foot on the gas pedal in the third and added to their lead. Just over seven and a half minutes into the final period, Shawn Pachet made the score 4-0 for Winkler with linemate’s Tristan Keck and Josh Cook drawing the helpers. Winkler picked up their fifth goal of the game with just over five minutes to play when Scott Gall earned his second of the night from Evan Last and Bryce Enns.
Despite facing only 18 shots in the game, goaltender Gavin Klassen made many nice saves to keep his team in control. The Flyers outshot the Natives 50-18 overall.
The Flyers finished the MJHL preseason on a seven game winning streak and a 7-1 record overall. During those seven games, Winkler outscored their opponents 31-15.
Winkler will open the 2014-15 Manitoba Junior Hockey League regular season on Friday, September 19th when they host the Steinbach Pistons. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex is 7:30pm. Details on the regular season home opener and the Flyers opening night roster will be announced in the coming days.