Scott Gall, Shawn Pachet and Patty Wren recorded two points each on Tuesday night as the Winkler Flyers downed the Selkirk Steelers 4-1 at home. Dasan Sydora had his shutout bid stopped with 3:48 left in the game, after another impressive showing in goal for the Orange and Black.
Back at home after spending the last two games on the road, the Flyers played host to the Selkirk Steelers trying to win their fifth preseason game in a row.
Defenseman Jon Carlson got Winkler off to a great start, letting a shot go from the top of the circle and giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead just 4:20 into the game. Patty Wren and Nolan McGuire picked up the assists.
The Flyers extended their lead to 2-0 nearly eight minutes into the second period when Scott Gall and Shawn Pachet assisted on Jeff Michiels second goal of the preseason. Winkler took their two goal cushion into the third period while outshooting the Steelers 25-14 through 40 minutes.
Winkler continued to push and came out of the gate in the third period with two more goals in the opening two minutes. Patty Wren assisted on Scott Gall’s power-play goal, 1:16 into the third and just 44 seconds later, Brett Klassen found the back of the net to push the Flyers ahead by four goals.
The Steelers finally beat Flyers starter Dasan Sydora with a screened shot from the point on the power-play with just under four minutes left in the game, cutting Winkler’s lead to 4-1.
Sydora finished the game with 20 saves on 21 shots as the Flyers outshot Selkirk 32-21 overall. It was another solid performance by the Flyers with a few roster spots still up for grabs.
The Flyers, who now have 27 players in camp after a few cuts following the game will host the Neepawa Natives on Friday night in their next MJHL exhibition game. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex is 7:30pm.