Tristan Keck had two goals and Winkler native Nolan McGuire had a goal and two assists as the Winkler Flyers doubled the Winnipeg Blues 4-2 in the Flyers preseason home opener. After falling 4-3 in Winnipeg the night before, Winkler was able to win the rematch as the MJHL preseason schedule rolls along.
With a few more regulars in the lineup, and playing in front of their home fans for the first time, the Flyers had a great start to the hockey game.
At the 8:37 mark of the first period, Winkler product Nolan McGuire was able to find a loose puck in the slot and snapped it into the back of the net to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Nearly 10 minutes later, McGuire passed the puck down the right side to newcomer Cam Whyte who fired a shot inside the near post to push Winkler ahead by two. With 36 seconds to play before the break, Tristan Keck put the home side in front 3-0 with McGuire and Kaden Jarvis drawing the assists.
Winkler took their three goal advantage into the intermission while outshooting the Blues 11-2 through 20 minutes of play.
The Blues got on the board just a few minutes into the second period but Winkler still had a two goal lead heading into the third.
Tristan Keck, who is entering his third season with the club, scored his second of the game short-handed, just past the midway point of the third to restore the Flyers three goal lead.
Winnipeg would add another one before the end of the third but the Flyers were able to hang on for the 4-2 victory.
Lance Knudson played all three periods for the Flyers and made 15 saves in the win. Winkler outshot Winnipeg 37-17 overall.
The Flyers, who have around 35 players still in camp, will host the Steinbach Pistons on Friday, September 5th in their next exhibition game. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex is 7:30pm.