It was touch and go for a little while but when the Steinbach Pistons started to use their speed, they took the game over and defeated the Waywayseecappo Wolverines 6-2 in front of a packed TG Smith Centre on Friday night.
There was a party atmosphere as fans were treated to music from The Darryl Marsch Band and the party continued inside as Mack Graham scored on the power play to make it 1-0 Steinbach. Graham was more then thrilled to get that first goal out of the way early. "It's nice to get a pretty easy one to start the year." The Toronto native said with a smile after the game. "You don't have to put to much pressure on yourself and wonder if you'll ever get that first goal of the year."
The Wolverines battled back to even things up 1-1 as the horn sounded to end the first period. Steinbach then found themselves short handed and Waywayseecappo capitalized making it 2-1 Wolverines.
Cue the Steinbach take-over.
Ryan Carlson knotted the game up on a terrific individual effort. He gloved the puck down on the blue line on a clearing attempt, settled the puck down and made a nice move around a Wayway checker before letting go a perfect shot to find the back of the net and make it 2-2. The goals kept on coming as Bradley Schoonbaert took a picture perfect pass from Will Koop on a beauty give and go two on one with Mack Graham picking up the extra assist. Then it was the captains turn to take over. Jordan Bochinski showed off his deadly speed, beating the Wolverines defender to the outside before cutting across the crease and tucking home a perfect shot right through the five-hole. Assisting on the goal were line mates Landon Plett and Julien Koga. The second period would end with Steinbach up 4-2.
Bochinski would score another just :11 seconds into the frame with Koga picking up the helper. Mack Graham would salt away the win as he tapped home a perfect pass from his brother Declan to make it 6-2. A very special moment for the Graham family as the brothers shared a quick moment on the blue line after the goal. "I just told him mom and dad would love that." Mack said after the game. "It's gotta be pretty cool for my parents just to see that. It's awesome playing with him, it's something not many people get to do. He's fortunate he passed it because if he didn't, he wouldn't have heard the end of it."
Roman Bengert picked up the first win of the year making 16 saves. Steinbach out shot Waywayseecappo 45-18 and finished 1-5 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill.
The Pistons will turn the page and get ready for Selkirk on Sunday night. You can catch the pre game show on Mix 96 and SteinbachOnline.com starting at 7:15pm.