The Steinbach Pistons arrived fashionably late to their date with the Swan Valley Stampeders on Friday night, spotting the visitors a 2-0 lead but exploded for six straight goals, five in the final period, to pick up a 6-2 win, marking the 5th straight contest with a victory.

It was a lacklustre opening period for the Pistons as they didn't garner much in the way of chances, despite having the majority of puck control. Swan notched the first marker of the game less then three minutes into the contest and carried that lead into the first intermission.

Things didn't improve much for the Pistons in the middle period, as the Stampeders capitalized again on a good transition rush and made it 2-0.

It could have been worse if not for an outstanding save from starting goalie Matt Radomsky. With Steinbach caught running around in their own zone, Noah Basarab of Swan Valley slipped his check and headed for the slot. He was hit with a perfect pass but the Winnipeg native Radomsky read the play, slid over and slammed the door on the one timer. 

It was the energy boost the Pistons needed.

Will Koop would cut the lead in half with less then a minute remaining in the period as Stampeders net minder Brett Evans went out to play the puck but didn't anticipate the presence of Mack Graham of Steinbach. Graham was able to fish the puck away and slide it to koop who beat Evans to make it 2-1. The Pistons would head off for intermission with momentum on their side.

In the third period, the Pistons flat out took over. 

The power play of Steinbach was stagnant in their first game of the new calendar year, but it clicked early in the third courtesy of a tip in from Bradley Schoonbaert. Darby Gula and Will Koop picked up assists on Schoonbaert's 19th of the season. Seconds later, it was 19 year old forward Braden Purtill getting the Pistons their first lead of the game knocking home a loose puck as Jordan Bochinski and Vaughn Dupre grabbed the helpers.

Steinbach was just getting started.

Still in the first half of the period, Koop snapped off a perfect wrist shot that went low blocker on Evans, off the post and in. Koop grabbed goals 10 and 11 on the night and talked about continuing to work on his shot. "I try to at the end of practice, take 10 or 15 minutes just to shoot around. Just work with some guys to get my accuracy up."

As nice as the Koop wrist shot was, the goal of the game belongs to Purtill. On another power play, the Pistons did an excellent job of keeping the puck in the offensive zone and keeping the pressure on the Stampeders penalty killers. For Purtill, he set up shop in front of the net and would not move.

At all. Even a little bit.

Purtill tracked the puck going from teammate to teammate until a point shot from Joseph Leonidas made it's way through. The Stamps goalie made the original save but all the hard work Purtill put into not moving from the front of the net paid off as he rifled home his second of the game. For Purtill, he collected goals 4 and 5 and now has 13 points in 14 games. Bochinski added an assist for his second point of the night.

Tyson McConnell added a little more insurance with his second goal in as many games notching his seventh of the season with assists going to Julien Koga and Landon Plett. 

The horn sounded and the Pistons increased thier lead atop the MJHL standings with win 30 on the season (30-5-1).

Steinbach out shot Swan Valley 34-14 over the second and third periods. 14-4 in the final frame alone. The power play finished 2-5 and the penalty kill was a perfect 1-1.

Matt Radomsky was not overly busy in the back half of the game but made sure he gave his team a chance to win, posting 18 saves for his 9th win of the season.

Steinbach continues their 4 game home stand as they welcome in the Winkler Flyers on Saturday night. Winkler is 3rd in the MJHL with 52 points (2 points behind the Selkirk Steelers with 2 games in hand).

It's only the second time the Flyers and Pistons have met this season. The Pistons won the game 6-1 but it was Roman Bengert that stole the show with 24 saves in the first period alone on his way to arguably his best game of the season, making a total of 44 saves.

Game time Saturday night is 7:30pm. The game is available online, https://www.steinbachonline.com/pistons-schedule with pre-game getting under way at 7:20pm. 

 

 

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SCOREBOARD

Friday, April 28th

NHL
Western Conference
Semifinals
Nashville at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
(Predators lead best of 7 series 1-0)
Edmonton at Anaheim, 9:30 p.m.
(Oilers lead series 1-0)

Esso Cup
@ Morden
Semifinals
St. Albert vs Durham West, 3:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Triolet, 7 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League
Baltimore at New York, 6:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.
Seattle at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.
Chicago at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
Los Angeles at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
Oakland at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.
National League
New York at Washington, 6:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Miami, 6:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at St.Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Colorado at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
Philadelphia at Los Angeles, 9:10 p.m.
San Diego at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.
Interleague
Chicago Cubs at Boston, 6:10 p.m.

NBA
Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
Washington at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
(Wizards lead best of 7 series 3-2)
Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m.
(Celtics lead series 3-2)
Western Conference
Quarterfinals

L.A. Clippers at Utah, 9:30 p.m.
(Jazz lead series 3-2)

Thursday, April 27th

NHL
Eastern Conference
Semifinals
Ottawa 2 N.Y. Rangers 1
Pittsburgh 3 Washington 2
(1st games in best of 7 series)

Esso Cup
@ Morden
Pembina Valley 6 Mid-Isle 1
St. Albert 7 Durham West 3
Prince Albert 3 Triolet 2
(end of preliminary round)

Zone 13 High School Baseball
@ Mitchell
SRSS vs Green Valley (ppd)
Niverville vs St. Joachim (ppd)
@ Ile des Chenes
Gabrielle Roy vs Edward Schreyer (ppd)

Major League Baseball
Interleague
1st game: St. Louis 8 Toronto 4 
2nd game:St. Louis 6 Toronto 4
American League
Seattle 2 Detroit 1
Cleveland 4 Houston 3
New York 3 Boston 0
Los Angeles 2 Oakland 1
National League
Philadelphia 3 Miami 2 
Atlanta 7 New York 5
Washington 16 Colorado 5
Los Angeles 5 San Francisco 1
Arizona 6 San Diego 2

NBA
Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
Toronto 92 Milwaukee 89
(Raptors win best of 7 series 4-2)
Western Conference
Quarterfinals
San Antonio 103 Memphis 96
(Spurs win series 4-2)

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