Flyers take 2-0 series lead in front of sold out crowd

Photo: Ryan Sawatzky

Malachi Klassen turned aside 30/31 shots while Brody Beauchemin scored shorthanded to help lift the Winkler Flyers 2-1 over the Steinbach Pistons in game two of the MJHL Final, giving the Flyers a 2-0 series lead.

It was the Pistons who opened the scoring in the first period when Kirk Mullen put in a rebound at the side of the net. With just under three minutes to play in the first, the Flyers transitioned up the ice quickly which saw Zach Nicolas tuck home his 5th of the postseason to tie the game up at 1-1 heading into the next twenty minutes.

Midway through the second on a Pistons powerplay, Avery Anderson stole the puck at the blueline and flew up the ice with Brody Beauchemin who slid in his 1st of the playoffs into the open net off a cross crease feed from Anderson.

“We love when the fans come ou,t when we have that many we thrive off of it, it’s awesome,” Beauchemin said after the win. “The puck was loose, Avery jumped on it, skated down the ice, I was there for support and he made a great play.”

The Flyers added to their lead in the third when Nich McKee connected with Lucas Ens on a textbook 2-on-1 scoring play for Ens’s first of the playoffs that sent the sold out crowd in Winkler into a frenzy.

The Pistons would pull Plowman for the extra attacker but the Flyers would hold strong and earn a 3-1 victory on home ice.

Game three is set for Tuesday night in Niverville when the Pistons host the Flyers at 7:00 inside the Niverville CRR