The Winkler Flyers picked up a huge 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Blues at Bell MTS Iceplex Sunday night capping off a run of three games in three days. The win moved the Flyers to within two points of the seventh place Blues in the MJHL standings and four points clear of the ninth place Waywayseecappo Wolverines with 12 games left in the regular season.

Less than 24 hours after a disappointing home ice loss to the Steinbach Pistons, the Flyers made the trip to the provincial capital for a crucial game against the Blues. With three of the first four meetings being decided by a single goal, the Orange and Black were prepped for another tight game against the team ahead of them in the standings.

Winkler got on the board first when Josh Kagan stripped a Winnipeg defender of the puck at the blueline and went in to score his seventh of the season with 7:49 left in the opening period. The Flyers doubled their lead to 2-0 late in the first on the power-play as Collin Caulfield tucked in his third of the season on a wrap around with 42 seconds left on the clock. Garrett Kuklica and Griffin Leonard drew the assists.

Winnipeg cut Winkler’s lead in half just before the six minute mark of the second but the Flyers would get that one back before the break. After leading the Flyers into the attacking zone on a two on one, Jesse Korytko sent a pass over to Eric Fawkes who scored to restore Winkler’s two goal lead. Garrett Kuklica earned his second assist of the game and fourth point in his last three games on Fawkes ninth of the year.

The two teams traded chances in the third as the game started to open up. During a goal mouth scramble midway through the period, the Blues scored to cut Winkler’s lead to 3-2. And despite being outshot 14-5 in the final period, goaltender Riley Morgan and the Flyers would hang on to their one goal lead right to the end and saw their record improve to 21-23-4 thanks to a 3-2 win.

Morgan, who has now started the last seven games in a row, finished the night with 33 saves as the Blues outshot Winkler 35-27. The Flyers were 1-for-4 on the power-play and 2-for-2 on the penalty-kill.

The Flyers will return home to face the Selkirk Steelers on Tuesday night, which will be their fourth game in five days. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex for Hockey Gives Blood night will be 7:30pm. You can catch the game live on www.hockeytv.com

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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.

Saturday, February 23rd

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

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Pembina Valley vs Southwest
@ Morden, 8 p.m.
Central Plains vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Wpg Bruins at Kenora, 7:30 p.m.
Wpg Wild at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Interlake vs Norman
@ Thompson, 7:30 p.m.
Yellowhead vs Wpg Thrashers
@ Shoal Lake, 7:30 p.m.

MMJHL
Pembina Valley vs St. Boniface
@ Wpg, 5 p.m.

MJHL
Swan Valley at Wpg Blues, 7 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba at Laval, 2 p.m.

NHL
Washington at Buffalo, 12 p.m
New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 12 p.m.
Boston at St. Louis, 3 p.m.
Los Angeles at Florida, 4 p.m.
Carolina at Dallas, 4 p.m.
San Jose at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Colorado at Nashville, 4:30 p.m.
Montreal at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

NBA
Portland at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
Memphis at Cleveland, 6 p.m.
Phoenix at Atlanta, 6 p.m.
Indiana at Washington, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Maimi, 6:30 p.m.
Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Sacramento at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Houston at Golden State, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Utah, 9 p.m.

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