The Steinbach Pistons lose another close game 6-5 to the Portage Terriers Wednesday night at the TG Smith Centre.
Steinbach kicked off the game with 3 unanswered goals scored by Oliver McCluskey, Johney Cormier and Dan Taillefer in the opening 10 minutes.
The current Turnbull Cup champions didn't give up regaining momentum with a power play goal by Tanner Waldvogel and then with less then two minutes to play in the first Kajon McKay pulled the Terriers within one going into the first intermission.
The Terriers tied the game at 1:44 in the second on former Steinbach Piston Mike Gemmill's 25th of the season. That extended Gemmill's current point streak to six games, with 5goals and 6 assists.
The Pistons power play answered late giving Steinbach the lead 4-3 going into the final frame. Steinbach's power play has struggled of late going 1-16 in the past four games.
But it was a different story for Steinbach's powerplay Wednesday with Oliver McCluskey tallying his second goal of the game with the extra man advantage at 8:26 to maintain a one goal lead after Tanner Waldvogel opened the third period with an unassisted goal.
The Portage Terriers tied the game at 13:52 when Brandon Lauder tipped in a nice pass from Ste. Anne native Yvan Pattyn to tie the game at 5-5. Portage took their first lead of the hockey game at 14:40 of the third when Justin Slobozian put the Terriers up for good.
The Steinbach Pistons came out and gave the home crowd of three hundred and forty eight a very entertaining evening even though they only had fifteen skaters versus the Terrier's twenty to start the game.
With the win the Portage Terriers break their current three game losing streak and move to four points over the Winnipeg Blues for first place in the Addison Division.
The loss continues the current Steinbach losing streak to seven games in a row.
The Steinbach Pistons are back on the ice this Saturday when they travel into Selkirk to face off against the Steelers. This will be the seventh game between these two teams, the Pistons are 2-3-1 in the previous six. Puck drop is at 7:30pm, the pre-game show starts at 7:15pm on AM1250 Radio and streaming online at steinbachonline.com
Check out Kevin Geisheimer's Play by Play blog about the team's most recent road trip to The Pas over at the Pistons Page.
Photo Courtsey of Sabastian Kosowski