Mack Graham scored in overtime to give the Steinbach Pistons a thrilling 4-3 win over the Winkler Flyers on Saturday night, making it 6 wins in a row for the top team in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

Both teams traded chances in the opening period but it was the Flyers getting on the board first on the power play. Winkler would take a 1-0 lead into the break and out shot the Pistons 13-5.

In the middle frame, Bradley Schoonbaert rifled home his 20th of the season to tie things up 1-1. Tyler Anderson and Mack Graham picked up the assists on the goal. Steinbach's power play would give them the lead midway through the period as a perfect pass from Vaughn Dupre hit a pinching Mark Taraschuk who made no mistake for his 6th goal of the year. Darby Gula added the secondary assist on the goal that gave the Pistons the lead heading into the second period intermission.

The back and forth struggle continued in the third period as the Flyers tied it up early but the Pistons regained the lead courtsey of Landon Plett. A couple of chances at the side of the net were turned away until the determined Plett buried his 14th goal of the season. "It was great to get that one and get it off my back." Plett said after the game. "I haven't gotten a chance to play in too many playoff games but it sure felt like one tonight."

The Pistons couldn't hold onto the lead though as the Flyers would tie the game at 3 just over a minute later. The horn sounded and fans in Steinbach would be treated to some "free hockey", as the game needed overtime. 

Both goalies made big saves early on, most notably Roman Bengert who slid across to slam the door on a Winkler 3 on 1 rush in the extra period. 

It was the save of the game as moments later, Joseph Leonidas and Bradley Schoonbaert exchanged passes in the defensive zone before Leonidas led the rush up the ice. The smooth skating defender slammed on the breaks at the blue line. Mack Graham went streaking to the net and tipped home the point shot perfectly for his team leading 24th of the season and giving Steinbach a huge win.

Graham has been on fire this season, he has 13 points in his past 6 games and a total of 55 points on the season. "It was a great game and they're a great team." said the man from Toronto after the game and gave his thoughts on the 3 on 3 overtime. "It's exciting but it's also nerve racking, having to play so much defense. It's greart to have some extra space out there."

Bengert picked up his 22nd win of the year making 32 saves on the night. Bengert made several key saves

The power play was 1-4 and 2-3 on the penalty kill. Shots on goal 

Steinbach now has six wins in a row and a record of 31-5-1, good for 63 points on the season. The Pistons have a 7 point lead on the second place Selkirk Steelers. The home stand continues for Steinbach as they will host the OCN Blizzard on Wednesday night. 

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SCOREBOARD

Friday, February 24th

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Quarterfinal
Grunthal 6 Steinbach 2
(Red Wings win best of 5 series 3-2)

MJHL
Steinbach 2 Dauphin 1 (OT)
Virden 4 OCN 1
Neepawa 6 Portage 5 (SO)

Keystone Junior Hockey League
Lundar 4 St. Malo 2
(1st game in best of 5 quarterfinal)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman 5 Wpg Thrashers 1
Yellowhead 5 Central Plains 4
Wpg Wild 8 Parkland 1
Brandon 2 Pembina Valley 1
(1st games in best of 5 quarterfinals)

City AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman 4 Wpg Hawks 1

WHL
Lethbridge 4 Brandon 3

NHL
Washington 2 Edmonton 1
Carolina 3 Ottawa 0
Calgary 4 Florida 2
Dallas 5 Arizona 2

NBA
Toronto 107 Boston 97
Indiana 102 Memphis 92
Philadelphia 120 Washington 112
Minnesota 97 Dallas 84
Utah 109 Milwaukee 95
Chicago 128 Phoenix 121 (OT)
Miami 108 Atlanta 90
Oklahoma City 110 L.A. Lakers 93
Denver 129 Brooklyn 109
L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 23rd

HTJHL
Quarterfinal
Steinbach 6 Grunthal 5 (OT)
(Huskies win best of 5 series 3-1)

WHSHL
Round One
SRSS 6 Shaftesbury 0
(Sabres win best of 3 series 2-0)

NHL
N.Y. Rangers 2 Toronto 1 (SO)
N.Y. Islanders 3 Montreal 0
Calgary 3 Tampa Bay 2
Nashville 4 Colorado 2
Chicago 6 Arizona 3
Boston 4 Los Angeles 1

NBA
Portland 112 Orlando 103
Detroit 114 Charlotte 108 (OT)
Houston 129 New Orleans 99
Cleveland 119 New York 104
Sacramento 116 Denver 100
Golden State 123 L.A. Clippers 113

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