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

Saturday, October 21st

CFL
Toronto 29 Winnipeg 28
Edmonton 35 B.C. 29 (OT)

Manitoba Minor Football Association
Atom Semifinals
North Wpg 42 Eastman Raiders 12 

HTJHL
Springfield 2 Steinbach 1
Red River 6 Mitchell 3
St. Adolphe 11 Lorette 2

KJHL
St. Malo 11 Norway House 3

MJHL
Wpg Blues 6 OCN 5 (OT)
Selkirk 3 Swan Valley 1
Winkler 2 Dauphin 1
Portage 8 Waywayseecappo 1

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Eastman 4 Pembina Valley 1
Yellowhead 2 Wpg Thrashers 1
Brandon 5 Norman 4 (SO)
Wpg Bruins 5 Parkland 2
Southwest 4 Kenora 2
Wpg Wild 3 Central Plains 2

MFMHL
Eastman 2 Wpg Avros 0

WHL
Brandon 4 Victoria 2

AHL
Manitoba 4 Iowa 2

NHL
N.Y. Rangers 4 Nashville 2
Philadelphia 2 Edmonton 1
Tampa Bay 7 Pittsburgh 1
N.Y. Islanders 5 San Jose 3
Buffalo 5 Boston 4 (OT)
Ottawa 6 Toronto 3
Los Angeles 6 Columbus 4
Florida 4 Washington 1
Dallas 4 Carolina 3
Chicago 4 Arizona 2
Minnesota 4 Calgary 2
Vegas 3 St. Louis 2 (OT)

Major League Baseball
American League
Championship Series
Houston 4 New York 0
(Astros win best of 7 series 4-3)

NBA
Toronto 128 Philadelphia 94
San Antonio 87 Chicago 77
Orlando 114 Cleveland 93
Memphis 111 Golden State 101
Miami 112 Indiana 108
Houston 107 Dallas 91
Detroit 111 New York 107
Milwaukee 113 Portland 110
Utah 96 Oklahoma City 87
Denver 96 Sacramento 79
L.A. Clippers 130 Phoenix 88

Sunday, October 22nd

MJHL
OCN at Steinbach, 7 p.m.
Neepawa at Portage, 6:30 p.m.
Winkler at Virden, 7 p.m.

KJHL
St. Malo at Norway House, 1:30 p.m.

MFMHL
Eastman vs Yellowhead
@ Mitchell, 11:55 a.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Parkland vs Norman, 12 p.m.
Wpg Bruins vs Kenora, 12:15 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Yellowhead, 2:30 p.m.
Brandon vs Wpg Thrashers, 2:30 p.m.
Central Plains vs Interlake, 5 p.m.
Southwest at Wpg Wild, 12:15 p.m.

NHL
Vancouver at Detroit, 6 p.m.

CFL
Hamilton at Montreal, 12 p.m.

NFL
Baltimore at Minnesota, 12 p.m.
New Orleans at Green Bay, 12 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Miami, 12 p.m.
Carolina at Chicago, 12 p.m.
Arizona at L.A. Rams, 12 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 12 p.m.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 12 p.m.
Tennessee at Cleveland, 12 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco, 3:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 3:25 p.m.
Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 3:25 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Chargers, 3:25 p.m.
Atlanta at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

NBA
Atlanta at Brooklyn, 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.

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