Flyers advance to Final, Pistons force game seven

Photo: Ryan Sawatzky

Flyers Thrive In Overtime | Flyers Win Series 4-2
For the first time since 2002, the Winkler Flyers have punched their ticket to the MJHL Final. For a third straight game, the Flyers needed overtime to grind out a win, with the longest overtime coming in the closing game 6. Jakob Jones pounced on a loose puck and scored his biggest goal as a Flyer as the bench erupted in celebration. Virden tied the game in the first but couldn’t find any more offence as they went the next 5 periods without a goal. Eric Reid held the fort for as long as he could finishing with 47 saves. The Oil Caps say goodbye to graduating players, Captain Trevor Hunt, Joey Bielik, David Bielik, Nolan Wallace, Eric Reid, Roux Bazin, Braeden Lewis, and Grady Lane. Winkler now waits for the outcome of the other series to see if they’ll start at home or on the road this weekend.

Pistons Push Back, Silence The Rowdy Crowd | Series Tied 3-3
The Steinbach Pistons went into a loud and rowdy Roy H. Johnston arena but used a strong second period to silence the packed house, eventually coming away with a 4-1 victory to force game 7. Connor Paronuzzi had a goal and an assist but it was defender Shane Burns that really stood out. The 18-year-old logged big minutes, put up two assists and made some big time hits helping lead from the backend. Local Cheechoo Lathlin scored late in the first which had the building rocking but that was all the offense the Blizzard could muster. The winner take all 7th and deciding game is in La Broquerie on Wednesday.