The Steinbach Pistons wore down the short-handed Flyers on Friday night, earning a 7-3 win on home ice. Playing the game with five regulars out of the line up, the Flyers played well and had a gritty effort, losing in regulation for just the third time in their last 18 games.

Coming off a 4-1 win in Selkirk on Tuesday night to give themselves some breathing room in the standings, the Flyers traveled to Steinbach for the second time this season to face off against the first place Pistons. Entering play six points ahead of third place and six points behind first place, the second place Flyers were looking to creep closer to the MJHL’s top club.

Just before the half way point of a very even first period, Steinbach leading scorer Mackenzie Graham beat goaltender Cole Weaver to give the home side a 1-0 lead. It didn’t take long for Winkler to tie it up though as just over a minute later, Brayden Cullum tipped in Mitch Dyck’s point shot to make the score 1-1. Cullum snapped an 11 game pointless drought with his eighth of the year, and Dyck picked up his fifth point in his last five games.

The Pistons would regain the lead, 4:32 into the second period but the Flyers were quick to get that one back too. With 9:56 left in the middle period, Gino Lucia fired a shot on goal from the high slot that was nearly tipped in by Tanner Lewis in front. With the puck lying in the crease, Nolan McGuire skated in and scored his 17th of the year to tie the game 2-2.

However, Steinbach would get a late goal in the second period to take a 3-2 lead into the break. The game was tight until the beginning of the third when Steinbach opened things up with three goals in just over four minutes. Other than the small lapse in the third, the game was much closer than the score would indicate. Now trailing 6-2, the Flyers continued to play with a solid effort despite having the game seem a little out of reach.

Winkler would add one more when Nathan Peabody found Will Blake beside the goal, and his 10th of the year made the score 6-3. Steinbach added another one of their own not long after and would get the best of the Flyers with a 7-3 victory.

Cole Weaver made 30 saves in the loss as the Pistons outshot the Flyers 37-30. Winkler was 0-for-2 on the power-play and 1-for-1 on the penalty-kill. Winkler is now 1-3-1 in five games played against Steinbach.

Winkler (36-13-3) will host the Waywayseecappo Wolverines (11-34-4) on Saturday, February 11th in their next home game. Winkler is 4-0-1 in five games played against Wayway. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex is 7:30pm with advance tickets available at the Winkler Coop Gas Bar.

NOTE: Scott Gall, Jeff Michiels, Brody Moffatt, Braden Billaney and Tyler Lindstrom all missed the game due to injury. There is no exact time table yet for their return.

GREAT CANADIAN OIL CHANGE THREE STARS

1ST STAR – F BRADLEY SCHOONBAERT (STEINBACH)

2ND STAR – F MACKENZIE GRAHAM (STEINBACH)

3RD STAR – F BRAYDEN CULLUM (WINKLER)

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Saturday, February 24th

SEMHL
Altona at Notre Dame, 8 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 semifinal)
Warren at Carman, 8 p.m.
(Mercs lead series 1-0)

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
Morden at Morris, 8 p.m.
(best of 3 semifinal tied 1-1)

MJHL
Virden at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
Dauphin at Steinbach, 7:30 p.m.
OCN at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.
Wpg Blues 4 Swan Valley 3

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Brandon 7 Pembina Valley 4
Central Plains at Kenora, 8 p.m.
Wpg Thrashers 7 Interlake 2
Wpg Wild 8 Yellowhead 3
Wpg Bruins vs Norman
@ Thompson, 7:30 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Medicine Hat, 8:30 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba 2 Chicago 0

NHL
Winnipeg 5 Dallas 3
Philadelphia 5 Ottawa 3
Calgary 5 Colorado 1
Washington 5 Buffalo 1
Florida 6 Pittsburgh 5
Tampa Bay 4 Montreal 3 (SO)
Detroit 3 Carolina 1
Columbus 3 Chicago 2
Toronto 4 Boston 3
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

NBA
Philadelphia 116 Orlando 105
Boston 121 New York 112
Miami 115 Memphis 89
Oklahoma City at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Utah, 8 p.m.
Portland at Phoenix, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, 9 p.m.

Friday, February 23rd

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Brandon 5 Pembina Valley 2
Southwest 5 Parkland 1
Wpg Bruins 8 Norman 2
Wpg Thrashers 4 Eastman 2

MMJHL
Raiders 10 Pembina Valley 3

MJHL
Selkirk 3 Dauphin 2
Steinbach 7 Swan Valley 3
Waywayseecappo 4 OCN 3

WHL
Lethbridge 7 Brandon 2

NHL
Winnipeg 4 St. Louis 0
Minnesota 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
Pittsburgh 6 Carolina 1
Chicago 3 San Jose 1
Vegas 6 Vancouver 3

NBA
Milwaukee 122 Toronto 119 (OT)
Indiana 116 Atlanta 93
Boston 110 Detroit 98
Charlotte 122 Washington 105
Cleveland 112 Memphis 89
New Orleans 124 Miami 123 (OT)
Houston 120 Minnesota 102
L.A. Clippers 128 Phoenix 117.
Portland 100 Utah 81
Denver 122 San Antonio 119
L.A. Lakers 124 Dallas 102

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