Tyler Teasdale scored two goals, including the OT winner, to lead the Winnipeg Blues to a 4-3 overtime win over the Winkler Flyers.
It wasn’t the smoothest start for the Blues, as they spent a large part of the firs hemmed in their own zone. The Blues held through until Justin Svenson put home his 25th of the season on a three-on-one to open the scoring.
Late in the period, the Blues failed to score on a power play, but one second after it expired Jake Dale slid home a sharp angle backhander for his tenth goal of the season. This goal extended his point streak to five games, the longest active run on the team.
The second saw some chances for both squads, but only Teasdale’s wrist shot found the back of the net. The Blues have a perfect record when leading after two periods this season, but Winkler tested that early in the third.
The Flyers struck twice in 56 seconds, including Dayton Kiesman scoring his first MJHL goal to put the Blues out front. Winnipeg was in real trouble, held without a shot for over eight minutes to start the third. That first shot went into the back of the net as Ryan Ostermann picked up his 20th goal on the campaign.
The rest of the game solved nothing, and it seemed that would be the case with overtime. No one could get anything going and it seemed a shootout would pick the winner.
Teasdale disagreed – he skated from his own end around the Flyers and went five hole with six seconds to go in OT to finish off a beautiful end-to-end solo effort.
The Winnipeg Blues next game comes Saturday, February 19 when the Portage Terriers come east to meet with the Blues for the first time since October 10. The action begins at the RINK Training Centre at 7:30 p.m.