Hub game recap

The Steinbach Pistons went into Wednesday night's game against the Winnipeg Blues looking to shake off back-to-back losses but instead, their recent losing skid was extended to three straight.

The Pistons went into battle short handed as forwards Ty Paisley, Davis Fry and Dawson Milliken all missed the game to due various ailments.

16-year-old rookie Jackson Kostiuk made his MJHL debut and the Pistons players gave the RHA product the rookie lap prior to warmup.

For the opening mintues of the first period, both teams went through the motions. Both teams got a couple chances but neither team really grabbed any momentum. 

In the second half of the first, the Blues struck while on a power play to go up 1-0.

A penalty to Winnipeg late in the period gave the Pistons a chance to even things up but they couldn't cash in.

Despite outshooting their opponent 12-7 in the frame, the Pistons went into intermission down 1-0.

In the second, Kirk Mullen scored on a power play to tie the game 1-1. Parker Jasper put a perfect point shot towards the goal that was tipped by Landon Roberts. While Roberts attempt was stopped, Mullen was there to bury his 7th of the season.

Winnipeg would grab the lead back with just over five minutes to go in the middle period and they'd hold onto the 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

Early in the third, Steinbach pushed for the equalizer but just couldn't find a way to beat a dialed in Blues goalie or the shotblocking of the Blues defenders guarding the slot.

Under five minutes into the third, the Blues put the game a little further out of reach scoring on a pretty 2-on-1 give-and-go to make it 3-1.

Steinbach pulled the goalie for the extra attacker and the Blues sealed it with an empty net goal from center ice.

Steinbach's power play had their chances but could only muster the one goal, finishing 1-4. The penalty kill was 2 for 3.

Dominik Wasik was hit with the loss after making 25 saves.

With the loss and a Portage win, the Terriers have moved into a tie for first place while still holding three games in hand.

Steinbach has a week off between games. They will next see action against the Portage Terriers on Wednesday night at Stride Place.