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FLYERS VS PISTONS SEMI-FINAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The Winkler Flyers will open up their MJHL Semi-Final series in Steinbach on Thursday, March 24th. The schedule for the best of seven series has been announced after both the Flyers and Pistons booked their tickets to the second round of the playoffs.

The Flyers got past the OCN Blizzard in the MJHL Quarter-Finals, beating them in five games. The Pistons swept the Swan Valley Stampeders in their first round series. The Pistons, who finished the regular season schedule in second place, will have home ice advantage over the third place Flyers.

Winkler had a 3-2-1 record against the Pistons during the regular season. A full series preview will be released on www.winklerflyers.com in the coming days.

All road games and home games will be broadcast live on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com with Matt Friesen and Darrell Wheeler with the pregame show’s getting underway five minutes prior to game time.

Here is the full schedule for the best of seven series.

Game One: Thursday, March 24th @ Steinbach, 7:30pm

Game Two: Saturday, March 26th @ Winkler, 8:00pm

Game Three: Tuesday, March 29th @ Steinbach, 7:30pm

Game Four: Friday, April1st @ Winkler, 7:30pm

Game Five: Sunday, April 3rd @ Steinbach, 7:30pm (if necessary)

Game Six: Tuesday, April 5th @ Winkler, 7:30pm (if necessary)

Game Seven: Wednesday, April 6th @ Steinbach, 7:30pm (if necessary)


FLYERS SET TO HOST BLIZZARD IN POST-SEASON

After one of their most successful regular seasons in recent memory, the Winkler Flyers will rekindle an old rivalry when they host the OCN Blizzard in Game One of their MJHL Quarter-Final series on Thursday, March 10th.

The Winkler Flyers (42-13-5) and OCN Blizzard (27-30-3) met in back to back Manitoba Junior Hockey League finals in 2001 and 2002 and the stories of those two playoff runs can still be heard today. It has been 14 years since the Blizzard defeated the Flyers to claim their fourth straight MJHL title, and new playoff memories are sure to be made when the two clubs kick off their series on Thursday night.

The Flyers had the upper hand on Blizzard during this year’s six game season series, taking four of the six games. Winkler won all three games at home by a combined score of 13-2. However, the Blizzard took two of the three games up north by a combined total of 13-9. In fact, over the past six seasons, both teams have been able to protect their home ice rather well with Winkler going 9-3-2 at home against the Blizzard and just 5-7-3 on the road during that stretch.

Overall this season the Flyers were 22-5-3 at home and 20-8-2 on the road, including a 10-0-1 record in their last 11 games away from the Winkler Rec Complex. While OCN was an impressive 19-11-0 at home this season, they managed only eight wins in their 30 games played away from the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre.

Winkler’s improvement over last season can be attributed to a number of factors, most notably special teams and the overall depth of the club. Winkler’s power-play, which ranked near the bottom of the league a season ago, has been one of the strengths this year, ranked second in the league overall (26.88%) and a league best (32.33%) at home. The penalty-kill, which was just above league average last season, is also ranked second best this year (85.86). This may bode well for the Flyers as OCN was the league’s most penalized club in 2015-2016, giving their opponents a league high 298 power-play opportunities. The Blizzard power-play ranks 10th (16.13%), while their penalty-kill sits in 5th (81.88%).

Winkler has three of the top six goal scorers in the MJHL on their roster with Tristan Keck, Cam Whyte and Scott Gall all surpassing the 30 goal mark. Apart from Winkler, no other team in the league has more than one player over the 30 goal plateau. All but five members of the Orange and Black reached the 20 point total this season, while seven of them scored 15 goals or more.

The Flyers increased offensive attack, combined with a much improved defensive approach, helped the club achieve a +107 goal differential this season. On the other side, the Blizzard were a -29 in that category. Winkler’s solid goaltending tandem of Nathan Warren and Connor Slipp will be an asset as well, with both players sitting near the top of the league in GAA and Save Percentage.

One of the players that the Flyers will need to key on is OCN Captain Logan Harland, who finished second in the MJHL points race with 95 points. He accounted for 24% of his team’s goal output and 21% of their overall points. He recorded at least a point in 49 of his 60 games played and led the Blizzard with 28 multi point games. OCN defenseman Brady Keeper finished tied with Flyers defenseman Zak Hicks for the most points among all MJHL blueliners (44 points).

Despite the third place Flyers having a 32 point advantage on the sixth place OCN Blizzard, this matchup should prove to be a very tight and entertaining series. Both teams are coming into the playoffs playing some of their best hockey of the season. Winkler went 15-3-3 in their last 21 games, while the Blizzard won 13 of their last 21 games.

Home ice advantage, and special teams will be a major factor in this series as Winkler looks to advance past the quarter-final round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2010-2011 season.

You can listen to each and every playoff game on Country 88.9FM and online at http://www.pembinavalleyonline.com/winkler-flyers with the pregame show getting underway five minutes prior to game time.

 

Below is the full schedule for this best of seven series:

 

Game One: Thursday, March 10th @ Winkler, 7:30pm

Game Two: Friday, March 11th @ Winkler, 7:30pm

Game Three: Monday, March 14th @ OCN, 7:00pm

Game Four: Tuesday, March 15th @ OCN, 7:00pm

Game Five: Friday, March 18th @ Winkler, 7:30pm (if necessary)

Game Six: Monday, March 21st @ OCN, 7:00pm (if necessary)

Game Seven: Wednesday, March 23rd @ Winkler, 7:30pm (if necessary)

The Flyers Report

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Winkler will host the Virden Oil Capitals tonight in game five on their MJHL quarterfinal. Head coach Ken Pearson will join Clayton Dreger on The Flyers Report which airs Thursdays at 11:35 a.m. & 5:20 p.m. on CFAM Radio 950.


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Flyers Drop Game Five At Home

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The Winkler Flyers came up on the short end of a very hard fought affair, losing 4-2 to the visiting Virden Oil Capitals in Game Five of their MJHL Quarterfinal series. Cam Whyte and Scott Gall scored for the Flyers who will now face elimination in Game Six, Saturday night in Virden.

With the series back in Winkler for Game Five, both teams were less than 48 hours removed from going to triple overtime in Game Four. Virden won that game 4-3, tying the best of seven series 2-2.

After a scoreless first period, Soren Frederiksen put the Oil Capitals in front 1-0 just 21 seconds into the second period. The Flyers would get that back with not one, but two goals near the midway point of the period.  Just past the halfway point of the second, Kayden Jarvis and Ryne Keller assisted on Scott Gall’s first of the playoff, pulling the Flyers even 1-1. Just 28 seconds later, Tristan Keck hit Cam Whyte with a pass in front of the Oil Caps net and the Virden native tucked a back handed shot over the shoulder of Sean Kuehn giving Winkler a 2-1 lead. Jon Carlson also assisted on Whyte’s third goal of the post season.

Virden scored the equalizer on the power-play with 7:06 left before the intermission and the game remained 2-2 well into the third. With just minutes to play in regulation, it appeared the series was bound for overtime for the fourth straight game. However, with 1:28 to play in the third, the Oil Caps scored to take a 3-2 lead.

Just seconds after that, the Flyers took a penalty putting a damper on their comeback attempt. With a minute to play, another Flyer was headed to the penalty box and Virden scored on the ensuing 5-on-3 power-play to skate away with a 4-2 win and a 3-2 lead in the best of seven series.

Devon Fordyce made his fourth straight start and made 40 saves as Winkler outshot the Oil Caps 46-44 in the game. Winkler went 0-for-4 on the power-play and 4-for-6 on the penalty-kill.

The Flyers will travel to Virden for Game Six of the series on Saturday, March 21st. Winkler now faces elimination trailing in the series three games to two. Puck drop at Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden is 7:30pm with the pregame show live on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com at7:25pm.

There will be a Flyers Fan Bus heading to Virden for Game Six. For a cost of $40 you will get your seat on the bus, a ticket to the game as well as food for the trip. To sign up for the Flyers Fan bus you can call Matt Friesen (204) 362-4965 or via email [email protected].

Game Seven if necessary will be back in Winkler on Sunday, March 22nd at 7:30pm.

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Flyers Take Series Lead With OT Win

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The Winkler Flyers took a two games to one series lead in their best of seven series thanks to a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over the visiting Virden Oil Capitals on Sunday night. Cam Whyte scored with just 44 seconds left in the first overtime period and Devon Fordyce stopped 42 of 43 shots to give Winkler their first lead in the series.

Returning home for game three of their best of seven MJHL Quarterfinal series, the Winkler Flyers were riding high after tying the series at one with a 4-3 overtime win in game two, Friday night in Virden. The physicality and emotion of the previous two games continued in the first period of game three as the two clubs went into the first intermission in a scoreless tie.

Winkler went out in front just 34 seconds into the second frame when regular season MVP Tristan Keck carried the puck from behind the Virden net and snapped a shot over the glove of goaltender Sean Kuehn for his first of the post-season. Lawson McDonald and Ryne Keller assisted on the goal which gave Winkler their third 1-0 lead of the series. The Flyers took their one goal lead into the third while being outshot 17-15 by the Oil Caps.

The pace quickened in the third period as Virden tried to get back into the game. In the first two games, the Flyers had outscored Virden 4-2 in the first two periods combined but had been outscored 4-1 in the third. With Virden starting to get their chances in the third, the Flyers were forced to take a hooking penalty, sending the Oil Caps to the power-play late in the period. With 5:40 left in regulation, Soren Frederiksen scored on the power-play. With no more goals in the period, the Flyers and Oil Caps were would need overtime for the second straight game.

Overtime provided even more speed and excitement then the first three periods with both clubs nearly ending the game on several occasions. With under a minute to play in the first 10 minute overtime period, Tristan Keck passed the puck up to the point for Zak Hicks who skated it down the right wing. After cutting to the net, Hicks threw the puck on net to Virden native Cam Whyte who beat Kuehn with just 54 seconds left in the fourth period.

Devon Fordyce was sensational once again between the pipes for Winkler, turning aside 43 of the 44 shots he faced. Virden outshot Winkler 43-32 overall. Winkler went 0-for-4 on the power-play and 4-for-5 on the penalty-kill.

The Flyers, who now lead the series (2-1) will travel back to Virden for game four on Tuesday, March 17th. You can catch the game live on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com with Matt Friesen’s pregame show at 7:25pm.

Winkler’s next home game is Thursday, March 19th for game five. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Winkler Coop Gas Bar.

 

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Flyers Tie Series With OT Win In Virden

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Bryce Enns scored the game winner, 7:35 into overtime as the Winkler Flyers beat the Virden Oil Capitals 4-3 in Game Two of their MJHL Quarterfinal series. Despite letting a three goal lead slip away in the third period, the Flyers found a way to get the win which ties the best of seven series at a game a piece.

With the series shifting to Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden for Game Two, the Flyers needed a win to draw even with the Oil Capitals who won Game One, 3-2 in Winkler on Wednesday. Winkler’s plan was to come hard at the Oil Caps right out of the gate in the second game of the series and they did just that.

After pinning Virden in their own zone for the first number of minutes, Zak Hicks took a pass from Cam Whyte in the slot and fired the puck off the inside of the far post and in, giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead just 6:28 into the game. Patrice Wren also assisted on Hicks’ second goal of the series.

Winkler doubled their lead not even three minutes later when Jagger Thomas followed up on a rebound in front of the net and hammered home his first of the playoffs giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead. Linemates Brett Klassen and Bryce Enns assisted.

The Flyers really opened things up with 4:57 left in the period when they increased their lead to 3-0. After taking the pass from Nathan Karlowsky in the neutral zone, Tristan Keck raced into the Oil Caps zone on a two-on-one. Keck then flipped a back handed pass to Kayden Jarvis who cut towards the middle before picking the top corner with the shot.

Virden got one back on the power-play late in the period but the Flyers took their two goal advantage into the second. No goals were scored in the second but the Flyers were able to maintain their lead thanks in large part to a number of great penalty kills.

Still ahead 3-1 through two periods, the Flyers looked to put the game to bed in the third. However, the Oil Caps slowly but surely got back into the game in the third period as they were trying to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Virden started to cut into Winkler’s lead just over six and a half minutes into the third when Oil Caps defenseman Taylor Fisher let a shot go from the point that ticked off the glove of Devon Fordyce and into the net. Fordyce, who was making his first start of the playoffs was having himself a tremendous game. Before tonight, the Flyers last road win came in Virden on February 15th when Fordyce made 44 saves earning his first win as a Flyer.

The Oil Caps managed to complete the comeback with 5:31 left in regulation thanks to Corey Haverstick’s second goal of the playoff which tied the game 3-3. With the game remaining tied after the end of regulation, the contest went to overtime and would either end with Virden taking a 2-0 series lead or would move into Game Three tied 1-1.

Both teams had their chances in overtime and 4:37 into the 10 minute extra period, Bryce Enns was sent off for roughing, giving Virden a chance to win it on the power-play. But just like they had done many times earlier in the game, the Flyers penalty killers were equal to the task. Not even a minute after killing off the penalty, Scott Gall circled the puck wide around the Virden net and tried to jam it in on the wrap around. After goaltender Sean Kuehn came across to kick the puck off the goal line, Bryce Enns raced in and buried the rebound, giving Winkler the 4-3, series tying win.

Devon Fordyce was strong in the game making 37 saves. The Oil Caps outshot the Flyers 40-27 overall.  Winkler went 0-for-3 on the power-play and 6-for-7 on the penalty-kill.

With the series now tied 1-1, the Flyers will look to use their home ice advantage with a win in Game Three on Sunday, March 15th. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex is 7:30pm. You can get your tickets in advance at the Winkler Coop Gas Bar.

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Flyers Drop Physical Game One

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The Orange and Black dropped a hard fought 3-2 decision to the visiting Virden Oil Capitals in game one of their MJHL Quarterfinal series on Wednesday night. Despite a furious late game push, the Flyers came up just short in the end as the Oil Caps head home for game two with a 1-0 series lead.

With just four points separating the fourth place Flyers from the fifth place Oil Capitals at the completion of the regular season, both teams knew this series was going to be a tight one. Game one was exactly that.

The first period was a good back and forth playoff style period with both teams heading into the second tied 0-0. Winkler got on the board first just 2:21 into the second period thanks to a power-play goal by defenseman Jon Carlson. After Patrice Wren fished the puck out of the corner, Cam Whyte passed it over to Carlson, who skated in from the point and scored, giving Winkler a 1-0 lead. It was Winkler’s fifth straight game with a power-play goal.

With 5:22 to play in the second, Clay Van Diest pulled Virden even when his one-timer beat goaltender Dasan Sydora just past his out stretched glove. Sydora had a strong opening 40 minutes as the game went tied 1-1 into the third, despite the Oil Caps outshooting the Flyers 28-17 through two periods.

The Oil Caps took their first lead of the game just under two minutes into the third period when Torrin Grange took advantage of a Flyers’ turnover at the Virden blueline, and scored on the ensuing breakaway. Now playing from behind, the Flyers started getting pucks towards the Virden net but couldn’t pull the trigger.

After the Flyers gave up the puck at the Virden blueline due to a delayed offside, the Oil Capitals raced it down the ice. With 4:20 to go in the period, Corey Haverstick stepped into a slapshot that kicked off the shoulder of Sydora and into the back of the net, giving the visitors a 3-1 lead.

With just minutes to play, the Flyers called a timeout and pulled Sydora for the extra attacker with the faceoff coming up in the Virden zone. After winning the draw, the Flyers went to work looking to pull within one. With 1:03 left in regulation, Cam Whyte and Scott Gall got the puck to Zak Hicks who fired a shot off a body in front, over top of goaltender Sean Kuehn and over the goal line, cutting the Oil Caps lead to 3-2.

Winkler spent the final minute of the period in the Virden zone and came very close to sending the game to overtime, but were forced to settle for a 3-2 loss in the opening game of the series.

Dasan Sydora made 35 saves in the game as the Oil Capitals outshot the Flyers 38-28 overall. Winkler went 1-for-5 on the power-play and 5-for-5 on the penalty-kill. Virden native Cam Whyte had two assists to lead the Flyers in the game.

The Flyers will now head to Virden for game two on Friday, March 13th looking to tie the series at one before the series returns to Winkler for game three on Sunday, March 15th. You can catch game two, live from Tundra Oil and Gas Place in Virden on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com with Matt Friesen’s pregame show getting underway at 7:25pm.

Advanced tickets and playoff passes for Game Three can be purchased at the Winkler Coop Gas Bar.

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Flyers Drop Physical Game One

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The Orange and Black dropped a hard fought 3-2 decision to the visiting Virden Oil Capitals in game one of their MJHL Quarterfinal series on Wednesday night. Despite a furious late game push, the Flyers came up just short in the end as the Oil Caps head home for game two with a 1-0 series lead.

With just four points separating the fourth place Flyers from the fifth place Oil Capitals at the completion of the regular season, both teams knew this series was going to be a tight one. Game one was exactly that.

The first period was a good back and forth playoff style period with both teams heading into the second tied 0-0. Winkler got on the board first just 2:21 into the second period thanks to a power-play goal by defenseman Jon Carlson. After Patrice Wren fished the puck out of the corner, Cam Whyte passed it over to Carlson, who skated in from the point and scored, giving Winkler a 1-0 lead. It was Winkler’s fifth straight game with a power-play goal.

With 5:22 to play in the second, Clay Van Diest pulled Virden even when his one-timer beat goaltender Dasan Sydora just past his out stretched glove. Sydora had a strong opening 40 minutes as the game went tied 1-1 into the third, despite the Oil Caps outshooting the Flyers 28-17 through two periods.

The Oil Caps took their first lead of the game just under two minutes into the third period when Torrin Grange took advantage of a Flyers’ turnover at the Virden blueline, and scored on the ensuing breakaway. Now playing from behind, the Flyers started getting pucks towards the Virden net but couldn’t pull the trigger.

After the Flyers gave up the puck at the Virden blueline due to a delayed offside, the Oil Capitals raced it down the ice. With 4:20 to go in the period, Corey Haverstick stepped into a slapshot that kicked off the shoulder of Sydora and into the back of the net, giving the visitors a 3-1 lead.

With just minutes to play, the Flyers called a timeout and pulled Sydora for the extra attacker with the faceoff coming up in the Virden zone. After winning the draw, the Flyers went to work looking to pull within one. With 1:03 left in regulation, Cam Whyte and Scott Gall got the puck to Zak Hicks who fired a shot off a body in front, over top of goaltender Sean Kuehn and over the goal line, cutting the Oil Caps lead to 3-2.

Winkler spent the final minute of the period in the Virden zone and came very close to sending the game to overtime, but were forced to settle for a 3-2 loss in the opening game of the series.

Dasan Sydora made 35 saves in the game as the Oil Capitals outshot the Flyers 38-28 overall. Winkler went 1-for-5 on the power-play and 5-for-5 on the penalty-kill. Virden native Cam Whyte had two assists to lead the Flyers in the game.

The Flyers will now head to Virden for game two on Friday, March 13th looking to tie the series at one before the series returns to Winkler for game three on Sunday, March 15th. You can catch game two, live from Tundra Oil and Gas Place in Virden on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com with Matt Friesen’s pregame show getting underway at 7:25pm.

Advanced tickets and playoff passes for Game Three can be purchased at the Winkler Coop Gas Bar.

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Flyers Host Oil Capitals To Begin Playoff Run

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The Winkler Flyers journey to the Turnbull Cup begins on Wednesday, March 11th, when they host the Virden Oil Capitals in game one of their best of seven Manitoba Junior Hockey League Quarter-Final series. After a rebound season in 2014-15, the Flyers are poised for a successful playoff run in their 35th season in the MJHL.

After missing the playoffs during their inaugural season in 1980-81, the Winkler Flyers have now made the playoffs for 34 straight seasons. With a (31-17-12) record this season, the Flyers clinched fourth place in the MJHL Standings in the final week of the regular season, giving them home ice advantage in their series against the fifth place Virden Oil Capitals (30-20-10).

Coming off a disappointing season in 2013-2014 where the Flyers finished in fifth place in the Addison Division with a (20-36-4) record, Winkler had quite the turn-around season in 2014-2015. The Flyers added 11 more wins, allowed 42 fewer goals and scored 31 more times than the year previous. With a veteran group of players on the roster, the Flyers know what it takes to make a long run in the post season.

Captain Patrice Wren has won the RBC Cup (National Junior A Championship) before with the Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL), goaltenders Dasan Sydora and Devon Fordyce have also won national titles at the Junior A and AAA Midget levels. The Flyers also possess the Manitoba Junior Hockey League MVP in Tristan Keck as well as many other players who are having breakout seasons in Junior hockey.

This season, the Flyers finished their six game regular season series against Virden with a (2-3-1) record. After dropping the first three meetings, Winkler lost the fourth meeting in overtime and won the final two contests by a combined score of 8-1. Winkler has been dominant on home ice this season with a (18-7-5) record at the Winkler Recreation Complex. Winkler is also a team that has a lot of success when playing with a lead. The Flyers are (23-3-3) when they score the first goal of the game and are (24-0-4) when they take a lead into the third period.

The Oil Capitals are in their third season in Virden after moving from Winnipeg (Saints) following the 2011-2012 season. Winkler is (5-2) at Tundra Oil and Gas Place over the past three seasons. After missing the playoffs during their first year in Virden, the Oil Caps advanced to the Sherwood Division final last year, losing to the Dauphin Kings in four games.

Winkler has not had much playoff success over the past few years, losing in the first round to the Winnipeg Blues the last three seasons. The last time the Flyers made it out of the first round of the playoffs was in the 2010-11 season when they beat the Waywayseecappo Wolverines in the Addison Division Semi-Final, before losing to the Selkirk Steelers in the division final.

These two franchises have met before in the playoffs. The last time that happened was back in 2007-2008 when the Flyers fell to the Winnipeg Saints in the Addison Division Final.


Game One: Wednesday, March 11th @ Winkler (7:30pm)
Game Two: Friday, March 13th @ Virden (7:30pm)
Game Three: Sunday, March 15th @ Winkler (7:30pm)
Game Four: Tuesday, March 17th @ Virden (7:30pm)
Game Five: Thursday, March 19th @ Winkler (7:30pm) * if necessary
Game Six: Saturday, March 21st @ Virden (7:30pm) * if necessary
Game Seven: Sunday, March 22nd @ Winkler (7:30pm) * if necessary

 

Advance tickets and playoff passes are available at the Winkler Coop Gas Bar. Playoff Passes (All 2015 Playoff Home Games) - $50, Individual Adult Tickets - $11, Individual Student Tickets - $8, and Individual Child Tickets - $5. Children ages five and under at free.

All Flyers playoff games can be heard live on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyoneline.com with the pregame show beginning at 7:25pm. There will be a special 30 minute pregame show prior to game one on Wednesday, starting at 7pm.


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Flyers End Season With Loss In Selkirk

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The Winkler Flyers 2014-15 regular season ended on a bit of a sour note on Tuesday night with a 2-1 loss in Selkirk. Tied at one late in regulation, the Steelers scored the game winner with just 25 seconds left on the clock, handing the Flyers their second loss in a row.

Before even traveling to Selkirk for their final game of the regular season, the Winkler Flyers already had their playoff spot wrapped up and were attempting to use this game as a positive stepping stone into the post season. With the game meaning nothing to Winkler in the standings, the club decided to give MVP Tristan Keck the night off to heal some bumps and bruises.

It was a back and forth first period with both clubs getting some good chances on goal. This game did mean something to the Steelers though, who needed a win and a Swan Valley loss in Neepawa in order to move into sixth place in the standings, avoiding a Survivor Series matchup with the OCN Blizzard.

Selkirk caught a break with 4:41 left in the first period when Justin Derlago’s shot got partially blocked by a Flyers’ defender and floated over the shoulder of Dasan Sydora and into the back of the net. The Steelers took their 1-0 lead into the first intermission while outshooting Winkler 14-7 through 20 minutes.

Winkler pushed back in the second and tied the game on the power-play. With just over eight and a half minutes remaining in the middle period, 16 year old Braden Billaney tipped in Nathan Karlowsky’s point shot, tying the game 1-1 with his first ever Manitoba Junior Hockey League goal. Patrice Wren assisted on the goal as the two team’s skated into the second intermission tied at a goal a piece.

As the third period rolled along, it looked very much like the game was headed to overtime. But with 25 seconds left in regulation, Justin Derlago’s centering pass from the right wing corner, kicked off the back of Sydora’s skate and over the goal line for the Steelers second fortunate bounce goal of the game.

Dasan Sydora finished the game with 31 saves as the Steelers outshot the Flyers 33-24. Winkler went 1-for-5 on the power-play and 4-for-4 on the penalty-kill.

The Flyers wrapped up their regular season schedule with a (31-17-12) record which gave them fourth place in the 11 team league with 74 points. That is a vast improvement from a season ago when the Flyers finished in fifth place in the Addison Division with a record of (20-36-4) which gave them just 44 points.

Winkler will now prepare to host the Virden Oil Capitals in game one of their MJHL Quarter-Final Series on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:30pm at the Winkler Recreation Complex. A full release of the playoff dates as well as ticket information will be released on Wednesday.

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Winkler Flyer Broadcasts

27
Jan
2017
Winkler Flyers @ Swan Valley Stampeders

27 January 2017 7:30 pm

Swan Valley Stampeders Arena, Swan River





28
Jan
2017
Winkler Flyers @ OCN Blizzard

28 January 2017 7:00 pm

OCN Blizzard Arena, Opaskwayak





29
Jan
2017
Winkler Flyers @ Neepawa Natives

29 January 2017 6:30 pm

Neepawa Natives Arena, Neepawa





07
Feb
2017
WInkler Flyers @ Selkirk Steelers

07 February 2017 7:30 pm

Selkirk Steelers Arena, Clandeboye





10
Feb
2017
Winkler Flyers @ Steinbach Pistons

10 February 2017 7:30 pm

Steinbach Pistons Arena, Steinbach





14
Feb
2017
Winkler Flyers @ Virden Oil Capitals

14 February 2017 7:30 pm

Virden Oil Capitals Arena, Virden





20
Feb
2017
Winkler Flyers @ Steinbach Pistons

20 February 2017 2:30 pm

Steinbach Pistons Arena, Steinbach





25
Feb
2017
Winkler Flyers @ Winnipeg Blues

25 February 2017 7:00 pm

Winnipeg Blues Arena, Winnipeg





24
Jun
2017
La Riviere 10th Annual Turkey Fest and Duck Race

24 June 2017 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

La Riviere Campground





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