It was a trend over the past couple games and it finally came back to bite the Steinbach Pistons as the little details resulted in their first loss in 11 games 4-3 in overtime to the Dauphin Kings a night after defeating the Neepawa Natives 7-3.

Alright Friday Night

The Pistons top line was on absolute fire on Friday night combining for 15 points in the Pistons 7-3 win over Neepawa.

Drew Worrad drew first blood when he converted off an Austin Heidemann pass for his 22nd of the year and the first of what would be a big night for the 20-year-old forward. Bradley Schoonbaert also had an assist on the opening goal.

Schoonbaert would collect his 32nd goal just over four minutes later to make it 2-0 with Worrad and Heidemann getting the assists.

It took only 14 seconds after the 2-0 goal for it to be 3-0 as Schoonbaert slipped a perfect pass to Worrad for his second of the game and 28th of the year. Heidemann had another assist as the top unit combined for 9 points in the first period alone.

In the second, Neepawa got on the board early when Aston Anderson converted on a speed rush and drive the net play to cut the lead to 3-1.

Worrad capped off his hat-trick with less than 30 seconds to play in the second period as again Schoonbaert and Heidemann had the assists, ending the frame with a 4-1 lead.

In the third, before it was a minute old, Schoonbaert notched his second of the night from Worrad and Declan Graham to push the lead to 5-1.

Neepawa pushed back on a man advantage and Jordan Martin scored to make it 5-2.

Daniel McKitrick snapped off a backhander from the slot on the Pistons power-play to restore the four-goal lead again 6-2. Heidemann picked up his 5th assist on the night while Riese Gaber also had a helper.

Jack Johnson's 10th of the year less than two minutes later capped off the scoring for the Pistons making it a 7-2 game. Will Koop had the lone assist on the goal.

Justin Metcalf scored the final goal of the night for Neepawa to make it a 7-3 game but that was as close as the Natives would get.

Matt Radomsky picked up his 8th straight win making 13 saves on the night. The power play finished 1-3 while the penalty kill was 2-4. 

With the win, the Pistons hit the double-digit mark with their latest winning streak, going 10 for 10. 

Saturday Night Lesson

The Pistons were served a big piece of humble pie on Saturday night when the Dauphin Kings snapped their winning streak by defeating first-place Steinbach 4-3 in overtime.

The Kings came out pushing the pace and were rewarded with a couple of goals in the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead. The Pistons pushed back and had a couple of good scoring chances but couldn't score as the Kings took a 2-0 lead into the break.

In the second, Steinbach showed a bit more fight and scored a couple of quick goals to even the score.

First, Riese Gaber scored his 22nd of the year and first against his former team to cut the lead in half 2-1. Jack Johnson and Mark Taraschuk had the assists on the goal.

Less than two minutes later, while on the man advantage, Daniel McKitrick snapped off a perfect wrister shot that went top shelf to tie the game 2-2. McKitrick's 22nd of the season was assisted by Brendan Martin and Tyson McConnell. 

Before the period was through, the Kings grabbed the lead again and took the wind out of the sails of the Pistons heading into the intermission leading 3-2. 

Easton Bennett scored short-handed on a beautiful breakaway move to tie the game 3-3. Bennet's 11th was unassisted.

Despite Steinbach continuing to push, they couldn't find the back of the net. Many shots were right into the Dauphin goalies chest with little or no traffic in front. 

In overtime, Dauphin forced a turnover and scored on a breakaway with only 8 seconds left to leave Steinbach with a stunning 4-3 overtime win.

The Pistons had 55 shots on goal. 

Matthew Thiessen made 28 saves in the loss. The power-play for Steinbach finished 0-3 while the penalty kill was 3-4. 

Long Week To Think About It

The Pistons don't see game action again until Friday when they visit the Swan Valley Stampeders, a team that they could very easily be playing in the first round of the playoffs. 

To say Paul Dyck was less than impressed may be an understatement. "We were awful. We weren't prepared. We've been talking for three games about our details slipping and we talked about it prior to the game and we had little execution."

Over 55 shots on goal is a good number but it's the quality of shots that left Dyck and the staff wanting more. "We had a lot of shots but we weren't very sharp. We didn't have any traffic and a good goaltender is going to stop those pucks."

With only 8 games left in the regular season, a positive Dyck is taking from this game is that it should open up his team's eyes that there is never an easy night, especially heading into the post-season. "Things were coming easily to us for a while. We're not going to score 7 goals every night. You look at the goals against, our puck management was sloppy. Terrible turnover on the overtime goal and our coverage defensively was lacking. We have to be willing to play away from the puck. Tomorrow is a new day, we'll turn the page and refocus. We've got a couple days off but we'll be back Tuesday and ready to work."

On The Road Again

The final northern road trip is coming up this weekend when the Pistons travel to Swan Valley Friday night then Dauphin on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast on Mix 96 and

Family Trip

It will be a special weekend as many of the player's dad's and families will be coming up for the two-game trip. It's the second year that such a trip is taking place and it's something both the players and their dads have been looking forward to all year. 


More Local Sports

Pilots Win

The 15U Providence Pilots volleyball team were victorious in their inaugural tournament this past weekend. The Pilots defeated 204 Gold in the Championship Game. Providence lost in straight sets to…

Jets Fall to Kings

The Winnipeg Jets 10-game homestand ended with a loss. Dustin Brown and Torrey Mitchell scored in the third period as the Los Angeles Kings defeated Winnipeg 4-3 Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place. Alec…

Steinbach Edges Winkler In Holiday Thriller

The arena was packed and the fans were treated to a thrilling game between the Steinbach Pistons and the Winkler Flyers as it ended with the Pistons holding on to a 4-3 win. The opening period saw…

Top 10

The Steinbach Regional Secondary School varsity boys basketball team is more that holding its own in the South Central Athletic Conference. This group of Sabres have a 4-3 record with one week left…

Home Ice Win #25

The Winnipeg Jets recorded their NHL best 25th home win Sunday night. Kyle Connor score twice and Blake Wheeler had a three assists as Winnipeg defeated the Florida Panthers 7-2 at Bell MTS Place.…

Weekend Recap: Fathers Lucky Charms In Pair Of Pistons Wins

It was a special weekend as thirteen dads made the trip with the Steinbach Pistons and they watched their boys come away with wins over the Swan Valley Stampeders and the Dauphin Kings. Playoff…

12 Southeast Football Players Heading To Texas

12 teenage football players from southeastern Manitoba will be heading down to Texas next week. Billie Jo Hunter is the mom of one of the players, she says the group is a part of the Manitoba Selects…

Myers Pots OT Winner as Jets Rally Past Caps

Mark Scheifele scored twice and Tyler Myers snapped home the winner 2:35 into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place. With Dustin Byfuglien…

Pilots Continue Playoff Push In Futsal And Volleyball

With a straight-sets win over the Red River College Rebels on February 8, the Providence Pilots men’s volleyball team assured themselves of at least a second-place finish in the Manitoba Colleges…

Selects Battling the Bug

The injury bug has bit the Eastman Selects hard. Real hard. The Selects dressed 18 skaters for the their season opener way back on September 30th. Flip the calendar to 2018 and Eastman has played 15…

Jets Fall to Rangers

The Winnipeg Jets have suffered back-to-back home ice losses for the first time this season. Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal with 3:53 remaining in the third period as the N.Y. Rangers defeated…

Weekend Recap: Details Slip In Pistons Win and Streak Stopping Loss

It was a trend over the past couple games and it finally came back to bite the Steinbach Pistons as the little details resulted in their first loss in 11 games 4-3 in overtime to the Dauphin Kings a…


The 24 finalists in CurlManitoba's province wide Hit-Draw-Tap Competition assembled in Winkler Sunday to determine provincial winners in three age categories. All seven Manitoba Sport regions were…

Rack It Up To 9: New Team Record Set In Steinbach's Win Over Virden

The Steinbach Pistons broke a team record by recording 3 goals in 31 seconds propelling the team to a 6-1 win over the Virden Oil Capitals extending the Pistons winning streak to 9 straight games.…

Time To Face Adversity As Playoff Time Approaches

The head coach for the Steinbach Pistons says the message from Paul Maurice was clear and he left them with numerous applicable points. Paul Dyck is reacting to the message the Winnipeg Jets Head…

Steinbach Millers Atom A Win Gold

The Steinbach Miller Atom A team played in Beausejour this past weekend and came home with a gold medal. The team had a solid start in the tournament defeating the Selkirk Fisherman 10A team by a…

Two-Point Night for Byfuglien in Game 800

Dustin Byfuglien recorded a goal and an assist in his 800th NHL game as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place. Byfuglien, who reached the 20 assist mark…

Providence Futsal Win Over The Weekend

The Providence Pilots futsal teams had wins in Brandon over the weekend. On Saturday the women's team won 4-2 over the Brandon University Bobcats and hours later took the Assiniboine Community…

Viterra Championship Belongs to Carruthers

It had all the storylines for a memorable Hollywood classic. Ailing skip leaves the hospital bed, puts on the curling gear, walks out onto the ice to a huge ovation, plays in the final after missing…

Pistons Make It 8 Straight With Win Over Winnipeg

The Steinbach Pistons pushed their winning streak to 8 straight after defeating the Winnipeg Blues 5-2 on Saturday night at Bell Mts Iceplex. Steinbach got off to a solid start controlling the play… is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Tuesday, February 20th

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Basketball
Varsity Boys
J.H. Bruns 81 SRSS 76
Junior Varsity Boys
SRSS 81 College Jeanne-Sauve 49

Free Press Division
SRSS 5 Westwood 1
(1st game in best of 3 quarterfinal)

Lorette 4 Mitchell 3
(Comets lead best of 5 quarterfinal 2-1)

Selkirk 7 Dauphin 3

Los Angeles 4 Winnipeg 3
Columbus 2 New Jersey 1
Philadelphia 3 Montreal 2 (OT)
Tampa Bay 4 Washington 2
Toronto 1 Florida 0
Nashville 3 Detroit 2
San Jose 3 St. Louis 2
Boston 3 Edmonton 2
Colorado 5 Vancouver 4 (OT)

Wednesday, February 21st

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Varsity Basketball
SRSS vs College Jeanne-Sauve
@ Wpg, (g) 6:30 p.m. (b) 8 p.m.

Free Press Division
SRSS vs Westwood
@ Wpg, 4 p.m.
(Sabres lead best of 3 quarterfinal 1-0)

Steinbach at Wpg Blues, 7 p.m.
Neepawa at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
OCN at Portage, 7:30 p.m.

St. Adolphe at Steinbach, 8 p.m.
(Hawks lead best of 5 quarterfinal 2-0)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild vs Central Plains
@ Portage, 8 p.m.

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Lac du Bonnet at Grunthal, 8 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 semifinal)

Manitoba vs Milwaukee
@ Wpg, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Calgary at Vegas, 9:30 p.m.

Search the Biz Guide