The Winkler Flyers scored two short-handed goals in the second period in a 4-3 win in Selkirk on Sunday night, extending their winning streak to six games. Cam Whyte scored the game winner in the second and Dasan Sydora stood tall earning his league leading 15th win of the season.
Playing against the Steelers for the third time this season, the Flyers traveled to the Selkirk Recreation Complex for the first time, looking to build on their season high five game winning streak.
After scoring first in their last five games, the Flyers actually gave up the first goal, 1:14 into the game when Justin Derlago deflected a shot past Dasan Sydora, giving the Steelers the early 1-0 lead. Winkler was quick to respond and would tie the game just 1:52 later. Taking the outlet pass from Nathan Karlowsky, Evan Last carried the puck into the Steelers zone and dropped it to Tristan Keck who wired home his MJHL leading 25th goal of the season.
The Flyers would take a 2-1 lead before the end of the period when Connor Hamonic’s point shot kicked off the stick of a Steelers defenseman and found the back of the net. It was Hamonic’s second of the season and the Flyers took their one goal lead into the intermission while being outshot 9-5 in the period.
Winkler added to their lead 3:46 into the second when Cam Whyte passed the puck over to Patrice Wren on a short-handed 2-on-1 and the 20 year old buried his sixth of the season, giving Winkler a 3-1 lead. With 4:03 to play in the frame, the same two forwards had another 2-on-1 on the penalty-kill, and this time, instead of passing the puck, Cam Whyte picked the top corner to put the Flyers ahead 4-1. Zak Hicks and Connor Hamonic assisted on Whyte’s 14th of year.
Selkirk would get one of those back late in the period when they capitalized on a Flyer turnover and cut Winkler’s lead to 4-2 with just six seconds to play before the break.
The Steelers then made it a one goal game, 9:28 into the third, thanks to Derlago’s second of the night. Both teams traded chances the rest of the period with the Steelers really pouring it on in the final minutes with the goaltender on the bench in favor of the extra attacker.
But Dasan Sydora, who had played terrific throughout the game, was brilliant at the end as the Flyers would protect their one goal lead until the final buzzer.
Sydora (15-2-1) made 29 saves while picking up his Manitoba Junior Hockey League leading 15th win of the season. The Steelers outshot the Flyers 32-23 overall. Winkler went 0-for-2 on the power-play and 3-for-3 on the penalty-kill.
Cam Whyte (1G-1A) and Connor Hamonic (1G-1A) both had multi-point games. It was Whyte’s third straight multi-point game.
The second place Flyers (19-5-5) will host the Virden Oil Capitals on Sunday, November 30th at 2:30pm at the Winkler Recreation Complex in their next game. That will be the first meeting of the season between the two clubs.