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FLYERS PLAY WELL DESPITE COMING UP SHORT IN PORTAGE – OCTOBER 3

The Winkler Flyers let another two points slip through their fingers on Wednesday night, losing 3-2 to the Terriers in Portage. Leading by a goal entering the third, the Flyers gave up a short-handed goal and a power-play goal in the final period dropping their fourth game in a row.

Just one night after losing a hard fought game to the visiting Selkirk Steelers, the Flyers met the Terriers for the first time this season on the road. Much like Tuesday’s loss to the Steelers, the Flyers played a really good first period only to see their opponent score first as Reilly Funk beat starter Aaron Brunn with a tip in front and the Flyers trailed 1-0 after one.

Winkler rebounded in the second period, tying the game thirteen minutes in thanks to Jayden McCarthy’s first of the season. Brody Moffatt and Noah Goertzen drew the assists. Then with 2:43 left in the period, Eric Fawkes spotted Cory Checco at the top of the right faceoff circle and the first year Flyer circled towards the middle of the ice and snapped a shot over the glove of Portage goaltender Miles Minor for his first goal in his first game of the year.

The Flyers were awarded a power-play to start the third but instead of using it to their advantage and adding to their lead, they allowed the Terriers to score a short-handed marker 1:58 into the period and the game was all square at two. The Terriers special teams also came through at the end as the game winner came on the power-play with 4:35 left on the clock.

Aaron Brunn played well despite the loss making 30 saves in his third start of the season. Portage outshot Winkler 33-29 overall. The Flyers went 0-for-5 on the power-play and 2-for-3 on the penalty-kill.

The Flyers (2-3-1) will return home to face the Swan Valley Stampeders (5-1) on Friday night in another Petro Canada Black Friday. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex is 7:30pm. You can catch the game live on www.hockeytv.com. Advance tickets are available at the Petro Canada Convenience Store on Winkler Coop Gas Bar.

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