Steinbach goalie Dominik Wasik stopped 18 shots for his 3rd shutout of the season helping the Pistons defeat the Winnipeg Freeze 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.
In the first period, Ian Amsbaugh scored his 11th of the year as a pass from Leo Chambers floated into the slot, the 20-year-old Amsbaugh made no mistake making it 1-0 Steinbach. Dawson Milliken, who was driving the net on the play which caused the Freeze defenders to focus on him leaving Amsbaugh a little space, also picked up an assist.
Steinbach would outshoot the Freeze 18-5 in the opening period and take a 1-0 lead into the break.
In the second, Wasik was put to the test a little bit more. The 20-year-old made a few key saves but perhaps his biggest was a shot that glanced off his shoulder and then hit the crossbar.
Langley Kruggel, in just his second game back from suspension, gave Steinbach a bit of breathing room on a power play as the smooth-skating defender walked the offensive blueline before firing a perfect shot through everyone and in for his 5th of the year. Milliken collected his second helper of the game along with Nick Mikan.
Ty Paisley extended the lead further as the 18-year-old leaned down on a heavy shot that hit off the Freeze goalie and in for his 13th of the year. Travis Hensrud and Warren Clark were given the assists on the 3-0 marker.
In the third, Landon Roberts executed a perfect deflection off a Clark point shot for his 10th goal of the year to make it a 4-0 contest. Neo Kiemeney picked up the secondary assist.
The final horn sounded and the Pistons saluted their home crowd.
Wasik faced just 5 shots in the period but stopped them all leading to his 3rd shutout of the year which puts him atop the MJHL in that category.
The Pistons scored once on their power play out of four opportunities while the penalty kill was a perfect 1-1.
Steinbach will travel to Winnipeg for a rematch with the Freeze on Wednesday night.