The bounces did not go Winkler’s way on Saturday night in a 5-0 loss to the visiting Steinbach Pistons. Despite the loss, the Flyers got some help on the out of town scoreboard which helped the club keep hold of their playoff spot with 13 games left in the regular season.

Entering play on Saturday two points the behind the seventh place Winnipeg Blues and two points ahead of the ninth place Waywayseecappo Wolverines, the Flyers welcomed the Pistons looking for their first win in four previous tries against Steinbach.

With regulars Brody Moffatt, Connor Beebe, Marcel Berube, Raihan Kheraj and Britt League all out of the lineup due to injury or suspension, the Flyers dressed a total of three AP’s against the Pistons and stayed right with them through the first 40 minutes.

The Pistons lone goal in the first period came with 14 seconds left on the clock after a shot from the point deflected off of a Winkler stick and floated past netminder Riley Morgan, giving Steinbach a 1-0 lead after one.

Steinbach doubled their lead to 2-0 late in the second when another fortunate bounce made its way past Morgan and the Pistons had a two goal lead after the first 40 minutes.

In the third, the Pistons started to ware down the Flyers and added three more goals including one on the power-play and would go on to win the game 5-0. The Flyers generated a good number of chances around the Pistons’ goal but failed to beat Steinbach netminder Matt Lenz.

Riley Morgan took the loss in goal for Winkler as the Pistons outshot the Flyers 32-25. The Flyers went 0-for-4 on the power-play and 6-for-7 on the penalty-kill.

The Flyers will hit the road on Sunday night to face the Winnipeg Blues in their third game in three nights. The game is a rescheduled game after this past Tuesday’s game was postponed due to weather. Puck drop at the Bell/MTS Iceplex is 6:30pm with Matt Friesen’s broadcast on Country 88 and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com getting underway at 6:25pm. You can also watch the game live on www.hockeytv.com.

The Blues defeated the Wolverines on Saturday night which moved them four points up on the Flyers in the standings, but kept the Wolverines two points behind Winkler.

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Friday, February 22nd

SEMHL
Portage at Warren, 8 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 semifinal)

MJHL
Winkler at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.
Steinbach at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Waywayseecappo at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Portage, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Bruins, 7 p.m.
Southwest vs Yellowhead
@ Souris, 8 p.m.

WHL
Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba at Laval, 6:30 p.m.

NHL
Columbus at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Colorado at Chicago, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Vegas, 9 p.m.

NBA
San Antonio at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Washington at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Orlando, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at New York, 6:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Denver at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Utah at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 21st

SEMHL
Quarterfinals
Morden 5 Altona 1
(Redskins win best of 5 series 3-2)

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
Morris 5 Prairie Mountain 3
(Mavericks win best of 3 semifinal 2-0)
Garden Valley 4 Pembina 2
(Zodiacs win series 2-0)

MFMHL
Wpg Avros 6 Pembina Valley 1
(Avros win best of 5 quarterfinal 3-2)

MJHL
Wpg Blues 4 Virden 2

NHL
San Jose 4 Pittsburgh 0
Washington 3 Toronto 2
New Jersey 4 Ottawa 0
Carolina 4 Florida 3
Minnesota 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
Montreal 5 Philadelphia 1
Tampa Bay 2 Buffalo 1 (SO)
Nashville 2 Los Angeles 1
Dallas 5 St. Louis 2
Edmonton 4 N.Y. Islanders 3 (OT)
Arizona 3 Vancouver 2 (OT)

NBA
Philadelphia 106 Miami 102
Cleveland 111 Phoenix 98
Portland 113 Brooklyn 99
Milwaukee 98 Boston 97
Golden State 125 Sacramento 123
L.A. Lakers 111 Houston 106

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