The Winkler Flyers dropped a fast paced, hard hitting 4-2 decision to the visiting Steinbach Pistons on Tuesday night in their first real home game in over a month. Connor Beebe and Brody Moffatt both scored for the Flyers who came up short at the end despite playing one of their best games in recent memory.

Back at the Winkler Recreation Complex after spending the entire month of November based in Morden due to the arena shutdown in their home rink, the Flyers had a good jump in their step aided in part by a number of fresh new faces in the line-up.

The Flyers had good pressure right from the opening faceoff, but for the 10th time in their last 11 games, they would give up the first goal of the game as Boedy Vaeth would tip a point shot past Britt League before the game was six minutes old. Then with 8:23 gone in the first period, Brendan Martin doubled Steinbach’s lead to 2-0 with a short-handed breakaway goal.

Moments later, the Flyers cut the Pistons’ lead to 2-1 with a short-handed goal of their own. After carrying the puck into the Steinbach zone on a 2-on-1, Jayden McCarthy sent it towards the net where Captain Connor Beebe chipped it over the shoulder of goaltender Matt Lenz for his third of the season and first in his last 13 games.

The Pistons would get another good bounce around the net before the end of the first and took a 3-1 lead into the break.

Winkler continued their solid play in the middle frame and made it a one goal game with 2:27 left on the clock. Near the end of a great shift by the newly formed line of Brody Moffatt, Griffin Leonard and newcomer Michael Boutoussov, the puck went from defenseman Caydon Meyer down to Moffatt who snuck a quick shot through the legs of the goaltender to cut Steinbach’s lead to 3-2. It was Moffatt’s team leading ninth of the season.

In search of the tying goal in the third, the Orange and Black pushed hard for the equalizer well into the final minute of regulation. With the Flyers’ net empty with 39 seconds left on the clock, the Pistons sealed the victory when a clearing attempt from their own goal line banked off the boards and right into the open Winkler net to make the final 4-2 for the visitors.

Britt League made 29 saves on the 32 shots he faced as the Pistons outshot the Flyers 33-30 overall. Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power-play but did score one short-handed.

The Flyers will travel to Beausejour on Saturday night to face the Selkirk Steelers in their second of six meetings. Puck drop at the Sun Gro Centre is 7:30pm with Matt Friesen’s pregame show on Country 88 and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com getting underway at 7:25pm. You can also watch the game with a subscription to www.hockeytv.com

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Sunday, December 9th

SEMHL
Winkler 3 Carman 1

MJHL
Swan Valley 5 Dauphin 4 (OT)
Showcase
@ Seven Oaks Arena in Wpg
Wpg Blues 5 Neepawa 1
Winkler vs OCN, 7:30 p.m.

MMJHL
Pembina Valley vs St. Vital
@ Wpg, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Yellowhead 4 Pembina Valley 3 (OT)
Central Plains 6 Parkland 0
Eastman 16 Norman 2
Southwest 3 Wpg Wild 2 (OT)
Brandon 9 Kenora 2
Interlake 1 Wpg Thrashers 0

Manitoba AAA Bantam Hockey League
Pembina Valley 7 Norman 2

NHL
Winnipeg 7 Philadelphia 1
Vancouver 6 St. Louis 1
Boston 2 Ottawa 1 (OT)
Montreal 3 Chicago 2
New Jersey at Anaheim, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Vegas, 8 p.m.

NFL
Cleveland 26 Carolina 20
Kansas City 27 Baltimore 24 (OT)
Indianapolis 24 Houston 21
Miami 34 New England 33
N.Y. Giants 40 Washington 18
New Orleans 28 Tampa Bay 14
Green Bay 34 Atlanta 20
N.Y. Jets 27 Buffalo 23
Chargers 26 Cincinnati 21 L.A.
San Fransico 20 Denver 14
Dallas 29 Philadelphia 23 (OT)
Oakland 24 Pittsburgh 21
Detroit 17 Arizona 3
L.A. Rams at Chicago, 7:20 p.m.

NBA
Milwaukee 104 Toronto 99
New Orleans 116 Detroit 108
San Antonio 110 Utah 97
Charlotte 119 New York 107

Monday, December 10th

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
Prairie Mountain vs Pembina
@ Treherne, 7:30 p.m.

MJHL
Showcase
@ Seven Oaks Arena in Wpg
Selkirk vs Waywayseecappo, 1 p.m.
Steinbach vs Neepawa, 4 p.m.
Wpg Blues vs OCN, 7 p.m.

NHL
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
New Jersey at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

NFL
Minnesota at Seattle, 7:15 p.m.

NBA
Detroit at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
Washington at Indiana, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at Boston, 6:30 p.m.
Sacramento at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Utah at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Orlando at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 8 p.m.
Memphis at Denver, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.
Miami at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

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