The Neepawa Natives' offense had a big night, peppering the Winkler Flyers with 36 shots throughout the game. The Neepawa Natives took the lead before the halfway point in the third on a goal from Zach Johnson.
Justin Metcalf contributed with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and Ryan Heino did his part, adding 2 assists.
In the first period, Chwaliboga opened the scoring for Neepawa with a goal at 5:56 with helpers from teammates Anderson and Metcalf. Mcguire answered for the Flyers with a goal at 10:02 with a helper from defenseman Corazzin. Namaka answered for the Natives with a goal at 13:12 with assists from his linemates, Heino and Martin.
During the second period, Bates answered for Winkler with a goal at 6:18 with helpers from Christian and Dyck.
In the third, Johnson answered for Neepawa with what turned out to be the game winning goal at 11:36 with assists from his linemates, Martin and Heino. Metcalf put in a goal at 19:46 with a helper from Anderson.
The Natives’ victory was in no doubt helped out by Robert as he stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced. Robert’s counterpart, Martyniuk, also had a big night, managing to stop 32 of 35, but ultimately fell short.
This win brings the Neepawa Natives’ record to (1-0-0-0).