The Winkler Flyers increased their winning streak to four games with a nice and tidy 5-1 win over the visiting OCN Blizzard on Friday night. The Flyers got goals from five different skaters and three assists from their captain to improve their record to 9-3-0.
Hosting the Blizzard in the first of back to back games against OCN, the Flyers hit the score sheet early on Friday night. These two teams last met in the 2015-2016 MJHL Quarterfinal where the Flyers defeated the Blizzard in five games.
Just 1:05 into the game, Connor Hamonic and Nolan McGuire assisted on Gino Lucia’s fourth goal in his last two games and the Flyers had a quick 1-0 lead. The Flyers dominated play in the first period and tacked on another goal with 9:28 to play in the period. With Winkler defenseman Justin Paulson in the box for tripping, Nolan McGuire took the puck the other way and wired home his fifth of the season. It was also McGuire’s second straight game with a short-handed goal.
Outshooting the Blizzard 14-3 in the first period, the Flyers took their two goal lead into the second. Winkler would add to their lead in the second when Coltyn Bates jammed in his third of the year on the power-play and the Flyers lead now sat at 3-0. Matt Christian and Tyler Jubenvill drew the assists.
With the shots 26-8 for the Flyers early in the third period, Winkler took a 4-0 lead with their second straight goal on the power-play. This time it was assistant captain Lawson McDonald depositing a rebound for his second goal of the year. Matt Christian and Tyler Jubenvill once again assisted on the goal.
Keeping their foot on the gas, the Flyers scored again nearly a minute later. Holding the puck up near the OCN blueline, captain Connor Hamonic hit Will Blake in front of the goal, and the rookie forward made no mistake scoring his fourth of the year to put the Flyers up by five.
OCN did manage to get one past goaltender Cole Weaver just before the five minute mark of the third, and the Flyers would go on to win the game 5-1. With the win, Weaver improved his record to 6-1 with his fourth straight win in as many starts. The Flyers outshot OCN 39-17 overall. Winkler went 2-for-7 on the power-play and 7-for-7 on the penalty-kill. The Flyers have outscored their opponents 27-7 as part of their four game winning streak.
The Flyers (9-3-0) will host the OCN Blizzard (7-2-1) again on Saturday night in the second of back to back home games. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex is 7:30pm. Advance tickets are available at the Winkler Coop Gas Bar.
GREAT CANADIAN OIL CHANGE THREE STARS
1st Star – D Connor Hamonic (Winkler)
2nd Star – F Nolan McGuire (Winkler)
3rd Star – F Matt Christian (Winkler)
NOTES: Friday night was the first Petro Canada Black Friday of the season. With Petro Canada as the game sponsor, the Flyers will wear their new black jerseys for all Friday home games. The Winkler Flyers would like to thank Petro Canada in Winkler for their support.