The Winkler Flyers scored three of their four goals in the first period as they doubled up the Dauphin Kings 4-2 in the first game of a three game weekend road trip. Defenseman Tyler Jubenvill scored twice in the game as the Flyers picked up their third win in three tries against the Kings.
Coming off a win over the Winnipeg Blues on Tuesday night, the Flyers travelled to Credit Union Place to play a Kings team that had lost their last seven games. In their previous two wins against Dauphin, the Flyers outscored their opponent 10-4.
The Flyers drew first blood on Friday night when Tyler Jubenvill’s shot from the blueline found the back of the net giving Winkler a 1-0 lead. Jacob Lacasse and Connor Hamonic assisted on Jubenvill’s fourth of the season. Dauphin tied it up on the power-play just over three minutes later.
With 9:05 left to play in the period, Nolan McGuire skated over the Kings blueline and hammered home his ninth goal in his last eight games to put Winkler back in front. Will Blake also earned his 11th point in 10 games with an assist on the goal.
Before the end of the first, the Flyers would score again to increase their lead to 3-1. After scoring three goals in the first three games of the season, Jeff Michiels had not recorded a goal in his last 14 games. But that streak was broken when Matt Christian and Garrett Kuklica assisted on Michiels’ fourth of the season with 2:09 left in the period and the Flyers had a two goal lead after 20 minutes.
The Kings cut into the Flyers’ lead, 12:11 into the second period when Ashton Clark slid the puck under a sprawled out Cole Weaver. Winkler, however, got that one back just 25 seconds later. After a great shift down low by the line of Jacob Lacasse, Brayden Cullum and Brett Opperman, the puck made its way to the left side where Tyler Jubenvill was waiting to tap in his second goal of the game.
Leading 4-2 after two periods, the Flyers shut things down in the third and kicked off their three game trip with a nice 4-2 win on the road.
Cole Weaver made 29 saves while improving his individual record to 8-2. The Flyers outshot Dauphin 36-31. Winkler went 0-for-3 on the power-play and 2-for-3 on the penalty-kill.
The Flyers (13-5-0) will continue their road swing on Saturday night with the first of two straight games against the OCN Blizzard (12-3-1). Puck drop at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre is 7pm with the pregame show on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com at 6:55pm.
GREAT CANADIAN OIL CHANGE THREE STARS
1ST STAR – D TYLER JUBENVILL (WINKLER)
2ND STAR – F JACOB LACASSE (WINKLER)
3RD STAR – F JEFF MICHIELS (WINKLER)