The Winkler Flyers gave up two goals on the power-play in a 3-0 loss to the Portage Terriers on Tuesday night. The game was very even 5-on-5 and the Flyers managed to generate a number of great chances on goal but failed to find the back of the net for the second straight game.
Playing their final home game at the Access Event Centre in Morden, the Flyers welcomed the Terriers for their second meeting of the year. The two teams entered play heading in opposite directions as the Flyers had scored just three goals during a three game losing streak, while the Terriers had not lost in regulation in their last 10 games scoring 56 goals over that stretch.
The first period was an entertaining opening 20 minutes with both teams trading offensive chances. The Terriers took a 1-0 lead on the power-play just over six minutes into the middle period. Winkler netminder Britt League made several key stops the rest of the period and Portage took their one goal lead into the third while outshooting Winkler 25-16.
The Flyers started to push back offensively in the third period but saw their chances either miss the mark of get stopped by Terrier goaltender Ethan Peterson. The Terriers doubled their lead 7:31 into the third period thanks to their second power-play goal of the night.
The rest of the way, the Flyers came so close to cutting into Portage’s lead but the bounces just wouldn’t go their way. The Terriers final goal was a seeing eye shot from the blueline with 6:22 to play and Portage would go on to win the game 3-0.
Britt League played great between the pipes for Winkler making 32 stops. Portage outshot Winkler 35-30 overall. Winkler was 0-for-2 on the power-play and 2-for-4 on the penalty-kill.
After a 7-4-1 month of October, the Flyers finished the month of November at 3-8. After playing and practicing for the entire month in Morden after the arena shutdown in Winkler, the Flyers will move back to the Winkler Recreation Complex for their next game on Tuesday, December 4th against the Steinbach Pistons. Puck drop in Winkler is 7:30pm and you can watch the game online at www.winklerflyers.com