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WINKLER BLANKS WAYWAY TO WIN SHOWCASE FINALE

It was a successful weekend for the Winkler Flyers as they concluded the MJHL Showcase event with a 4-0 shutout of the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. Dasan Sydora earned his second shutout of the season as the Flyers dominated the Wolverines, outshooting them 37-19 in the hockey game.

Exactly one week after beating Waywayseecappo 4-0 in Winkler, the Flyers were in search of the same result. Only this time at the Manitoba Junior Hockey League Showcase in Winnipeg. Winkler downed OCN 4-2 in their first game of the showcase on Friday thanks to a third period comeback.

The Flyers had control of this one right from the beginning. Just 3:41 into the contest, Brett Klassen would deposit a loose puck into the Wayway net to put his club up 1-0. Zach Heisinger and Bryce Enns assisted on Klassen’s first goal of the season.

Winkler, who spent the majority of the opening frame in the attacking zone added to their lead later in the period. Near the midway point of the first, Tristan Keck and Evan Last got the puck to Shawn Pachet who out-waited Wayway goaltender Mitch Wiebe before scoring his second of the season.  

Late in the period, Scott Gall took the pass from Nolan McGuire and carried it inside the Wolverines zone. After making a nice move to get around the Wayway defender, the Morden native picked the top corner, giving the Flyers a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes. It was Gall’s first goal of the season. Winkler outshot the Wolverines 15-6 in the first period.

The Flyers increased their lead to 4-0 just 2:09 into the second period when Evan Last picked up his second assist of the game on Tristan Keck’s 10th goal of the season.

That would be more than enough of a cushion for goaltender Dasan Sydora who was tremendous in his second straight start. After starting his season with a loss in Steinbach, Sydora has won his last three starts including two shutouts. He finished the game with 19 saves as the Flyers outshot Wayway 37-19 overall.

The Flyers went 0-for-5 on the power-play and 1-for-1 on the penalty-kill.

Winkler (6-2) will now get ready for a big game Tuesday night in Winnipeg against the Blues (5-0-2). The Flyers and Blues are tied for second place in the MJHL Standings with 12 points each. Winkler split their two preseason games against the Blues. You can catch the game live on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com with Matt Friesen’s pregame show at 6:55pm.

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