The Winkler Flyers increased their winning streak to seven games with a convincing 6-2 win over the visiting Swan Valley Stampeders on Friday night. After a sluggish opening period, the Flyers came back with another great middle frame to earn their 11th win in their last 12 games.
Two days removed from their 5-3 win over the top ranked Portage Terriers, where they scored all their goals in the second period, the Flyers returned home looking for their 13th win in 15 games played at the Winkler Recreation Complex. Winkler defeated the Stampeders 3-2 in a shootout, in their first meeting of the season, October 23rd in Swan River.
The Flyers got off a quick start, scoring a power-play goal just 1:29 into the hockey game. Taking the pass from Zak Hicks, Captain Connor Hamonic fired a wrist shot past Stamps goaltender Brett Evans for the games’ first goal. Scott Gall also assisted on Hamonic’s second of the season.
Swan Valley’s Josh Tripp tied the game 1-1 near the midway point of the first, and Trevor Mann gave the Stampeders a 2-1 lead with 1:03 to play before the break and Winkler trailed by one through 20 minutes.
Winkler took control of the game in second period with three more goals while holding the Stampeders to just four shots against. Scott Gall tied the game with his third goal in as many games, 12:20 into the second. Thomas Mansbridge and Jordan Williamson assisted on the Morden native’s 13th goal of the season.
Just under a minute and a half later, Cam Whyte snuck one through the 5-hole of Evans to put the Flyers in front 3-2. Kurt Sonne and Lawson McDonald picked up the assists on Whyte’s 16th. The Flyers struck again 1:35 later with their league high third short-handed goal of the season. Cam Whyte and Nathan Karlowsky assisted on Jeff Michiels’ ninth of the season giving the Flyers had a 4-2 lead. Winkler took their two goal advantage into the third period, outshooting the Stamps 29-14 through 40 minutes.
Tyler Jubenvill gave Winkler a three goal lead with his third, 1:35 into the third period, beating Evans short side with a shot from the point. Thomas Mansbridge and Lawson McDonald both picked up their second assists of the night on the Jubenvill goal.
Five and a half minutes into the period, Tristan Keck let a wrister go from the slot and scored his 16th, pushing the Flyers ahead 6-2. Cam Whyte and Kurt Sonne assisted on Keck’s ninth goal in his last seven games. The goal also increased Keck’s point streak to seven games.
Connor Slipp made 26 saves in his ninth straight win between the pipes for Winkler. The Calgary native holds the MJHL’s best goals against average (1.53) and save percentage (.944). Winkler went 2-for-3 on the power-play and 4-for-4 on the penalty-kill.
The Flyers (19-4-1) won’t play again until Friday, November 27th when they travel to the Yellowhead Centre in Neepawa to play the Natives. Winkler is 3-0 against Neepawa this season, outscoring them 26-1 in those three games. You can catch that game live on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com with Matt Friesen’s pregame show getting underway at 7:25pm.
Great Canadian Oil Change Three Stars
1st Star – F Cam Whyte (Winkler)
2nd Star – F Scott Gall (Winkler)
3rd Star – G Connor Slipp (Winkler)