Tristan Keck scored twice and added two assists as the Winkler Flyers beat the Dauphin Kings 6-2 on Saturday night. The Flyers scored three times in the second and twice in the third while cruising to their 11th win of the season.
Returning home after taking seven of a possible eight points during their four game road swing, the Flyers welcomed the Dauphin Kings for their third meeting of the season. The Orange and Black came out on top the first two games.
Near the end of a pretty even first period, Brett Klassen gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with 6:56 left in the opening frame. Nathan Karlowsky and Jordan Wall assisted on Klassen’s fifth of the season. The Kings appeared to tie the game late in the period, but the goal was waved off after it appeared the Kings forward batted the puck in with a high stick.
Winkler took their one goal lead into the first intermission despite being outshot 13-11 through 20 minutes.
Just 19 seconds after the Kings tied the game early in the second period, Lawson McDonald scored his fifth of the season, giving Winkler a 2-1 lead, 3:57 into the period. Tristan Keck and Brett Klassen drew the assists. Scott Gall then gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead just 1:21 later with Karlowsky and Josh Cook getting the helpers. It was Gall’s fourth goal of the year extending his point streak to five straight games.
Dauphin would cut Winkler’s lead to 3-2 with a power-play goal midway through the second period. Right at the tail end of the second, Tristan Keck stole the puck in the neutral zone and sped towards the Kings net. After faking a forehand shot, the Morris native flipped a backhand shot into the net pushing the Flyers ahead by two with 46 seconds remaining in the period. It was Keck’s 16th of the season and gave Winkler a 4-2 lead through 40 minutes of play.
The Flyers put the game away in the third period with two more goals. Zak Hicks assisted on Tristan Keck’s league best 17th goal of the season, 1:19 into the period and the Flyers led 5-2. With 4:29 to play in the game, Shawn Pachet took a Tristan Keck pass off the end wall and gave Winkler a 6-2 lead. Josh Cook, who was celebrating his 20th birthday on Saturday drew the second assist.
With a four goal lead, Dasan Sydora and the Winkler Flyers would skate away with their 11th win of the season and third in a row.
Sydora (7-1-1) was in fine form making 30 saves in the win. Winkler outshot the Kings 40-32 overall. The Flyers were 0-for-4 on the power-play and 5-for-6 on the penalty-kill. The Flyers record vs Dauphin is now 3-0, with Winkler scoring six goals in all three games. Winkler is now 7-0-4 in the month of October.
Tristan Keck increased his point streak to four games and has eight points in those four games. He continues to lead the Manitoba Junior Hockey League with 17 goals in 17 games played.
The Flyers (11-2-4) will host the Winnipeg Blues (8-2-4) on Tuesday, October 28th. That game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, November 25th but has been moved to this coming Tuesday. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex is 7:30pm. The Flyers lead the Blues by six points for second place in the MJHL. Winkler is now four points back of Portage for first.