The Winkler Flyers earned their third win in a row on Friday night with a 5-4 victory over the visiting Dauphin Kings in the club’s first game back from the MJHL Christmas break. Brody Moffatt and Gino Lucia both recorded a pair of points in the win as the Orange and Black picked up their fourth win in five tries against the Kings.

After heading into the Christmas break with back-to-back wins against the OCN Blizzard, the Flyers welcomed the Kings for their first game action of 2019. With three wins in their first four meetings of the season, the Flyers were poised to have another strong showing against their rivals from Dauphin.

Winkler opened the scoring early as Jayden McCarthy banged in a loose puck just 1:27 into the game to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. All in all, the first period was a good one for the Flyers save for a five minute stretch where the Kings scored twice to take a 2-1 lead with just over three minutes to play in the period.

The Flyers managed to tie the game late in the opening frame on the power-play when Gino Lucia spun the puck around the Kings’ net to an open Brody Moffatt who scored his 11th of the season with just one second left to send the game into the first intermission tied 2-2.

Winkler regained their lead early in the second period thanks to Griffin Leonard who out-waited Dauphin netminder Ethan Slobodzian before scoring his team leading 14th of the year. Linemates Gino Lucia and Brody Moffatt drew the assists. It’s been quite the five game stretch for that line as the trio has recorded a combined 21 points in their last five games together.

Early in the third period, the Flyers added to their lead when Michael Boutoussov fished out a loose puck behind the net and sent it over to Kurtis Luke who scored his first as a Flyer to move the home side ahead 4-2. Then with just over six and a half minutes left in regulation, defenseman Garrett Kuklica led Marcel Berube into the Dauphin zone on a short-handed odd man rush and Berube also scored his first goal in a Winkler uniform to give the Flyers a three goal cushion.

Those two insurance goals proved to be quite important as Dauphin scored again on the power-play with just over four minutes left, and pulled to within one with their goaltender on the bench with seventy seconds remaining to cut Winkler’s lead to 5-4.

Fortunately for Winkler, the Kings comeback effort would fall short and the Flyers would hang on for their 12th one goal victory of the season.

Riley Morgan had a strong game between the pipes for the Flyers, finishing the game with 31 saves. Both clubs recorded 35 shots. Winkler went 1-for-8 on the power-play and 4-for-6 on the penalty-kill.

The Flyers, who moved into eighth place in the MJHL standings, will host the Virden Oil Capitals on Saturday night. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex is 7:30pm with advance tickets available at the Winkler Coop Gas Bar, Petro-Canada Gas Bar or at the door prior to the game. You can also video stream the game live on www.hockeytv.com

 

FOR FULL PHOTO GALLERY AND VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS CLICK HERE

 

Winkler Meats Three Stars

1st Star – F Brody Moffatt (Winkler)

2nd Star – F Gino Lucia (Winkler)

3rd Star – F Bryon Fobair (Dauphin)

GAME STATS

More Sports News

The Flyers Report

Winkler will face the Neepawa Natives at the Yellowhead Centre this weekend. Defenseman Drake Burgin will join Clayton Dreger on the Flyers Report which airs Thursdays at 11:35 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. on…

Einarson Named Top Seed for Provincial Scotties

The hometown skip is the number one seed for the 2019 Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts which begins Wednesday, January 23rd at the Gimli Recreation Centre. Kerri Einarson along with third Val…

The Zone 4 High School Sports Report

The Garden Valley Zodiacs are in third place in the Zone 4 High School Hockey League. Zodiacs head coach Keith Bially will join Clayton Dreger on the Zone 4 High School Sports Report which airs…

Brossoit Backstops Jets past Golden Knights

Laurent Brossoit won his seventh straight start as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place. Brossoit stopped 43 shots including all 26 he faced in the…

This Week in Curling

The 2019 Viterra Provincial Men's Curling Championship will be held next month in Virden. Host committee co-chair Cory Barkley will join Clayton Dreger on This Week in Curling which airs Tuesdays at…

The Hawks Report

Pembina Valley played road games against the Brandon Wheat Kings and Parkland Rangers this past weekend. Co-coach Jeff Andrews will join Clayton Dreger on the Hawks Report which airs Mondays at 11:35…

Powell, McCallum & Thiessen Named to Team Toba

Pembina Valley Hawks captain Kaila Powell, Makenzie McCallum of Morden and Rebecca Thiessen of Morris will play for Team Manitoba at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer. Powell has three goals…

Flyers Fall To Stamps In Weekend Rematch

The Winkler Flyers were forced to settle for a weekend split in Swan River as the Orange and Black dropped a 6-1 decision to the Swan Valley Stampeders on Saturday night. After beating the Stamps the…

2019 Winkler Invitational High School Hockey Tournament

2019 Winkler Invitational High School Hockey TournamentChampionshipFinalGarden Valley 3 Miller 1Third Place GameVirden 6 Northlands Parkway 0SemifinalsGarden Valley 4 Northlands Parkway 3Miller 6…

Three-point Night for Connor as Jets beat Wings

Kyle Connor scored his 16th goal of the season and drew a pair of assists as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Friday night at Bell MTS Place. Brandon Tanev and Jets captain Blake…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Thursday, January 17th

SEMHL
Morden 9 Notre Dame 6

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
Morris 6 PCI 2

MJHL
Selkirk 6 Wpg Blues 2

NHL
Winnipeg 5 Nashville 1
N.Y. Islanders 4 New Jersey 1
Boston 5 St. Louis 2
N.Y. Rangers 4 Chicago 3
Toronto 4 Tampa Bay 2
Anaheim 3 Minnesota 0
Los Angeles 2 Dallas 1

NBA
Toronto 111 Phoenix 109
Washington 100 New York 101
Philadelphia 120 Indiana 96
Charlotte 114 Sacramento 95
Denver 135 Chicago 105
L.A. Lakers 138 Oklahoma City 128 (OT)

Friday, January 18th

SEMHL
Portage at Altona, 8 p.m.

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
Miller at Morden, 8 p.m.

MJHL
Portage at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Neepawa at Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Steinbach at OCN, 7 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Central Plains vs Yellowhead
@ Portage, 8 p.m.
Norman vs Interlake
@ Teulon, 8 p.m.
Eastman at Wpg Thrashers, 7 p.m.
Southwest vs Kenora
@ Souris, 8 p.m.

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

NHL
Montreal at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Florida, 6 p.m.
Ottawa at Carolina, 6:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Detroit at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Buffalo at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

NBA
Brooklyn at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Memphis at Boston, 6 p.m.
Miami at Detroit, 6 p.m.
San Antonio at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Utah, 8 p.m.
New Orleans at Portland, 9:30 p.m.
Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

Search the Biz Guide

Login