Despite outshooting and out chancing Neepawa, the Winkler Flyers came up short in a 3-2 loss to the visiting Natives on Sunday night. It was a game of tough breaks for Winkler, as they definitely played good enough to win, but were forced to settle for their sixth loss of the season and third in their last four games.

After snapping their mini two game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Swan Valley Stampeders on Saturday, the Flyers welcome the Natives back to the Winkler Rec Complex for their fourth meeting of the season.

The Flyers got off to a good start, generating a number of good chances but failing to beat Neepawa starter Jake MacLennan with their early game pressure. Neepawa struck first a few minutes into the game when Austin Friesen’s point shot sailed past a screened Troy Martyniuk but Winkler would keep the pressure on, eventually outshooting the Natives 17-8 in the first 20 minutes. MacLennan was the story of the game for Neepawa, as the 19 year old goaltender frustrated Winkler shooters all game long with many game changing saves.

Neepawa capitalized on a Winkler turnover to double their lead to 2-0 before intermission and the Flyers were forced to play catch up once again. Sunday night’s affair was the fifth straight game that Winkler failed to score first.

The Flyers cut Neepawa’s lead to 2-1 just past the midway point of the middle period when Lucas Barker took the pass from CJ Corazzin and beat MacLennan though the legs for his first ever Manitoba Junior Hockey League goal. It was a sigh of relief for Barker who had been robbed on a number of glorious chances earlier in the hockey game.

The Natives would get that one back in the final minute, again taking advantage of a defensive miscue and Winkler trailed by two goals heading into the third despite leading 33-18 on the shot clock.

Winkler didn’t do themselves any favors in the third period, twice giving the Natives two minute 5-on-3 power-plays but the Orange and Black were able to keep Neepawa’s power-play at bay. In the final minutes, the Flyers pulled Martyniuk for the extra attacker and with 55 seconds left in regulation Will Black snapped home his fifth of the year and second in as many games to pull Winkler to within one.

With the goaltender still on the bench for the final push, the Flyers came close to scoring the equalizer but the puck didn’t bounce their way as Neepawa would hold on for the 3-2 victory.

Troy Martyniuk took the loss making 23 saves. Winkler outshot Neepawa 42-26 overall. The Flyers were 0-for-3 on the power-play and 6-for-6 on the penalty-kill.

The Flyers (15-6-0) will hit the road on Tuesday night for a big game against the Steinbach Pistons (16-3-0). Winkler trails Steinbach by two points for first place in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League Standings. Puck drop at the TG Smith Centre in Steinbach is 7:30pm with the pregame show live on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com getting underway at 7:25pm.

 

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GREAT CANADIAN OIL CHANGE THREE STARS

1ST STAR – G JAKE MACLENNAN (NEEPAWA)

2ND STAR – F LUCAS BARKER (WINKLER)

3RD STAR – F BRAEDEN BINDA (NEEPAWA)

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Sunday, December 16th

SEMHL
Warren 10 Portage 7

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
Morden 8 Prairie Mountain 3 

MJHL
Portage 5 Winkler 4 (OT)
Steinbach 4 Swan Valley 3
OCN 3 Waywayseecappo 2

MFMHL
Pembina Valley 2 Westman 1

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Central Plains 7 Interlake 1
Eastman 3 Southwest 2
Wpg Thrashers 5 Norman 2
Wpg Bruins 6 Parkland 1
Yellowhead 4 Wpg Wild 3

NHL
Vegas 4 N.Y. Rangers 3
Carolina 3 Arizona 0
Calgary 7 St. Louis 2
Buffalo 4 Boston 2
Chicago 7 San Jose 3
Winnipeg 5 Tampa Bay 4 (OT)
Edmonton at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

NFL
Atlanta 40 Arizona 14
Cincinnati 30 Oakland 16
Minnesota 41 Miami 17
Indianapolis 23 Dallas 0
Baltimore 20 Tampa Bay 12
Buffalo 14 Detroit 13 
Chicago 24 Green Bay 17
Washington 16 Jacksonville 13
Tennessee 17 N.Y. Giants 0
San Francisco 26 Seattle 23 (OT)
Pittsburgh 17 New England 10
Philadelphia 30 L.A. Rams 23

NBA
Denver 95 Toronto 86 
Brooklyn 144 Atlanta 127 
Philadelphia 128 Cleveland 105
Indiana 110 New York 99 
Washington 128 L.A. Lakers 110 
Miami 102 New Orleans 96
Sacramento 120 Dallas 113

Monday, December 17th

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
Miller at Morris, 7:30 p.m.
Morden at Carman, 7:30 p.m.
Pembina vs Northlands Parkway
@ Crystal City, 7:30 p.m.

NHL
Anaheim at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
Vegas at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Nashville at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m.
Boston at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Colorado, 8 p.m.

NFL
New Orleans at Carolina, 7:15 p.m.

NBA
Milwaukee at Detroit, 6 p.m.
Phoenix at New York, 6:30 p.m.
Sacramento at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Utah at Houston, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Portland at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.
Memphis at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

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