Three Piston power-play goals proved to be the difference as the Winkler Flyers lost 6-4 at home on Saturday night as their exhibition season continued. A night after dropping a 6-1 decision in Steinbach, the Flyers dressed another young group of hopefuls who were still in search of an opening night roster spot.

It was a busy first period as the Pistons beat Winkler netminder Aaron Brunn, 5:47 into the game. The Flyers got that one back not even a minute later when second year forward Trent Halfdanson scored a pretty goal with Colton Friesen drawing the lone assist. The home side took their first lead of the game just past the midway point of the period thanks to Kyle Lang’s power-play goal.

However, Steinbach scored twice more before the end of the period, including one of the power-play and led 3-2 after 20 minutes.

Sandwiched between two Steinbach goals in the second, Flyers forward Colton Friesen scored on a partial breakaway but the Flyers still trailed 5-3 heading into the third.

The Pistons’ third power-play goal of the game gave them a three goal lead to start the third. Winkler cut that lead to 6-4 with 9:46 to play in the game when Kyle Lang and Matt Krawiec assisted on Corey Stormer’s goal. Despite nearly two minutes of play with the extra attacker at the end of the period, the Flyers could not pull any closer, dropping their second pre-season game in a row.

Aaron Brunn and Jack Faulkner split time in goal for Winkler. Brunn stopped 11 of the 15 shots he faced, while Faulkner stopped seven of nine.

The Flyers (1-3) will travel to Neepawa on Tuesday night with puck drop at the Yellowhead Centre taking place at 7:30pm. You can catch the game live on www.hockeytv.com

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Monday, April 22nd

NHL
Eastern Conference
Carolina 5 Washington 2 
(best of 7 quarterfinal tied 3-3)
Western Conference
Dallas 2 Nashville 1 
(Stars win series 4-2)

MJHL
Portage 3 Swan Valley 2 (OT)
(Terriers win best of 7 final 4-3)

Major League Baseball
American League
Tampa Bay 6 Kansas City 3 
Chicago 12 Baltimore 2
Minnesota 9 Houston 5
Oakland 6 Texas 1 
New York 4 Los Angeles 3 (14 innings)
Detroit at Boston (ppd)
National League
Arizona 12 Pittsburgh 4
St. Louis 13 Milwaukee 5 
New York 5 Philadelphia 1 
Colorado 7 Washington 5 

NBA
Eastern Conference
Milwaukee 127 Detroit 104
(Bucks win best of 7 quarterfinal 4-0)
Western Conference
Utah 107 Houston 91
(Rockets lead series 3-1)

Tuesday, April 23rd

NHL
Eastern Conference
Toronto at Boston, 6 p.m.
(best of 7 quarterfinal tied 3-3)
Western Conference
Vegas at San Jose, 9 p.m.
(series tied 3-3)

MMJHL
Pembina Valley vs St. James
@ Morris, 7:30 p.m.
(best of 7 final tied 1-1)

Major League Baseball
Interleague
Miami at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.
Seattle at San Diego, 9:10 p.m.
American League

Detroit at Boston, (d/h) 12:05 p.m.
Chicago at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 9:07 p.m.
New York at Los Angeles, 9:07 p.m.
National League
Atlanta at Cincinnati, 5:40 p.m.
Arizona at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York, 6:10 p.m.
Milwaukee at St. Louis, 6:45 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago, 7:05 p.m.
Washington at Colorado, 7:40 p.m.

NBA
Eastern Conference
Orlando at Toronto, 6 p.m.
(Raptors lead best of 7 quarterfinal 3-1)
Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
(76ers lead series 3-1)
Western Conference
San Antonio at Denver, 8:30 p.m.
(series tied 2-2)
Oklahoma City at Portland, 9:30 p.m.
(Trail Blazers lead series 3-1)

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