The Steinbach Pistons started off the calendar year 2017 with a big road win over the Portage Terriers, 4-2 on Wednesday night.

After 17 days between games, the Pistons showed little rust in the first period, showing off their speed on the big ice service in Portage. Tyson McConnell got Steinbach on the goal late in the period, with assists going to Julien Koga and Wyatt Hinson. It was goal number seven on the season for the man from Pilot Mound and he was all smiles post game. "It's nice to get things started. We had a decent start to the game and it was nice to get one in there."

The Pistons would take the 1-0 lead into the second period where both teams traded chances, really opening up and showing off some good speed to create scoring opportunities. The Pistons would catch a break late in the period, as after some good work down low from Mack Graham, the puck found it's way to the point where Mark Taraschuk let one rip from the point, the puck hit the stick of Will Koop and found it's way to the back of the net. The Taraschuk shot was so hard, it knocked the stick out of Koop's hands. "It went in, that's all that matters." Taraschuk said with a laugh post game. 

After 40 minutes the Pistons led 2-0 and were out shooting the Terriers 26-20.

In the third, Portage turned it on and grabbed momentum with two goals in the first 10 minutes of the period to tie the game at two. The Pistons bent but never broke and it was an unlikely rush from stud defenseman Declan Graham that gave Steinbach the lead back. Graham rushed the puck down the boards and cut towards the net and fired a low shot, he was able to tap in a loose puck to make it 3-2. "I was pretty excited." Graham said after the game, "We just blew a 2-0 lead so it was good to get it back." Graham, only 17 yeard old, knows a game like this goes a long way in terms of learning how to be a top team in the MJHL. "It shows a lot of character in our guys. It would have been easy to just give up but we stuck with it." Bradley Schoonbaert picked up the lone assist on Grahams third goal of the year.

It was the other Graham, Mack that would seal it for Steinbach with an empty netter. It was another multi point night for Mack who now has 9 points in his past 4 games and has hit the 50 point plateau for the first time in his career (23 goals 28 assists). Despite being the teams leading scorer, brother Declan noted that he scored with the goalie in the net, while Mack had a wide open cage. "I mean, he'll take whatever he can get. When the goalie is out, that's probably when he's most effective." 

It was all smiles and laughs but the Pistons know they have room to improve. The power play had several chances to put the game away but failed to light the lamp going 0-5 but the penalty kill was outstanding going 6-6, including killing off a double minor late in the third period, clinging to a one goal lead.

Roman Bengert was a steady as a rock in the crease, finishing with 34 saves, including 14 in the third period. For Bengert it was win 21 on the season. Bengert has made 628 saves this season on 678 shot attempts for a save percentage of .926 and a goals against average of 2.03 while is record stands at 21-3. Bengert's numbers are the best in the MJHL for any goalie that has played more then 12 games.

The Pistons will begin a 4 game home stand on Friday night when they welcome in the Swan Valley Stampeders. The Pistons have not been on home ice since a 5-3 victory over the Virden Oil Capitals on December the 18th. McConnell knows defending home ice is important for the confidence of the team. "These home games are huge, a couple big games against good teams. These are good tests for us to see where we stand and it be nice to get a couple of wins."

You can stream every home game by going to the Pistons Page at SteinbachOnline.com https://www.steinbachonline.com/pistons-schedule

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SCOREBOARD

Monday, March 27th

NHL
Detroit at Carolina, 6 p.m.
Nashville at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
Florida at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
Arizona at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Colorado at Calgary, 8 p.m.

NBA
Orlando at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.
Detroit at New York, 6:30 p.m.
Cleveland at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Utah, 9:30 p.m.
Memphis at Sacramento, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 26th

MJHL
Portage 4 Steinbach 3 (3OT)
(best of 7 semifinal tied 1-1)
OCN 3 Winkler 2 (OT)
(Blizzard lead series 2-0)

HTJHL
Springfield 3 Red River 0
(Xtreme win best of 7 final 4-2)

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Ste. Annne 5 Red River 2
(best of 7 final tied 3-3)

Allan Cup Playdowns
Manitoba/Saskatchewan Series
SE Prairie Thunder 2 Rosetown 0
(Thunder win best of 5 series 3-0)

NHL
Winnipeg 2 Vancouver 1
Detroit 3 Minnesota 2 (OT)
Dallas 2 New Jersey 1 (OT)
Philadelphia 6 Pittsburgh 2
Anaheim 6 N.Y. Rangers 3

NBA
Charlotte 120 Phoenix 106
Brooklyn 107 Atlanta 92
Sacramento 98 L.A. Clippers 97
Chicago 109 Milwaukee 94
Houston 137 Oklahoma City 125
Indiana 107 Philadelphia 94 
Boston 112 Miami 108
Golden State 106 Memphis 94
New Orleans 115 Denver 90
Portland 97 L.A. Lakers 81

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