Flyers fall to Canucks in national quarterfinal

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OAKVILLE, ON – The Winkler Flyers gave up two goals in the opening five minutes of the third period and dropped a 4-2 decision to the Calgary Canucks in the national quarterfinal game at the Centennial Cup.

In a period mostly controlled by Calgary, Flyers goaltender, Malachi Klassen held strong in net during the 1st. Calgary would end up scoring on a shot from the point with two seconds left to take a 1-0 lead into the 1st intermission.

The Flyers were able to get their feet under themselves in the 2nd period and generated a few more chances until Canucks forward, Ty Pipkin scored shorthanded on a breakaway.

Just after the Flyers powerplay expired, Mike Svenson knocked in a loose puck to the back of the net, bringing the Flyers back within a goal.

Five minutes later, Zach Nicolas cashed in at the front of the net off a nice feed from Jakob Jones, tying the game at 2-2 with one minute left to play in the 2nd.

Calgary stormed out of the gate in the third when Chris Kobelka beat Malachi Klassen to give the Canucks a 3-2 lead. No more than four minutes later, Matthew Paszkiewicz scored to make it 4-2 for Calgary.

The Flyers would make a push in the third period but couldn’t find the back of the net. With over three minutes to play, Winkler would pull Klassen for the extra attacker and push harder with no luck.

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League would like to recognize and congratulate the Winkler Flyers on an outstanding season and representation at the Centennial Cup in Oakville.