Pistons survive Titans push to win in shootout


The Steinbach Pistons had their hands full with the Neepawa Titans, but they managed to secure a 4-3 victory in a shootout on Friday night.

Both teams played a lot of hockey in a short period of time, so from the first minute of the first it took a bit of time for the teams to get their legs back.

Neepawa managed to get on the board first on a power play to take a 1-0 lead before the first halfway.

Jack Rogers managed to bring Steinbach back to a tie by smashing the net and cleaning up a few coins around the end zone. For St. Cloud State’s entry, it’s his 10th of the season. The 1-1 goal was assisted by Cooper Rice.

Neither team scored again in the first half and it ended 1-1.

In the second, the two teams fought for space and fought the rebounding puck for 20 minutes.

The second period saw a few chances by both clubs but neither could find the back of the net and he remained 1-1 after forty minutes.

Davin Griffin was able to put the Pistons ahead in the opening minutes of the third period when he forced the puck over the line for his third of the season to make Steinbach 2-1. Rogers and Zac Patrick had assists on the green light goal.

Neo Kiemeney took a high stick minutes later, which left the young forward bloodied, meaning the Pistons got a four-minute power play.

Despite the fact that the first half of the minor doubles did not go so well, the Pistons managed to capitalize as it was again Griffin who converted a Rogers pass for his second of the game. Langley Kruggel also got an assist on the 3-1 marker.

It looked like the Pistons were in control, but the Titans were able to strike back.

They reduced the lead to 3-2 just two minutes after Griffin’s second of the game, then found the tying goal with just over three minutes to go.

The horn sounded and the game headed for extra time, tied 3-3.

Steinbach controlled much of overtime, keeping the puck clear of Neepawa for almost all five minutes, but they couldn’t generate the game-winning goal.

A shootout would be needed to decide the game.

Landmark’s Kieran Thiessen threw on the breakaway challenge for the Titans and buried it to give them an early advantage.

Nate Goodbrandson couldn’t score on his chance so Neepawa remained 1-0.

Will Hambley stood up straight and made the next save to give Steinbach a chance which Kiemeney grabbed and ran scoring to tie the shootout 1-1.

Hambley stopped the Titans’ next three shooters while Steinbach’s Jack Rogers and Ty Paisley were unable to convert and like earlier in the season, it was Travis Hensrud who had a chance to be the hero.

After scoring in a shootout to beat the Winnipeg Blues, Hensrud came back with a shot that gave the Steinbach Pistons a 4-3 victory, delighting home fans.

Hambley played well in his second straight start, making 28 saves, including several big ones in the first two periods and in a shootout.

Steinbach’s power play finished 1-3 while the penalty kill was 1-2.

A road trip awaits the Pistons as they travel to Neepawa on Sunday night. The match will be played on MIX 96 and SteinbachOnline.com started with the pre-match show at 6.15 p.m. and the face-off at 6.30 p.m.

Play Notes:

– Newly acquired 20-year-old defender Bryce Kilbourne was on hand to watch the game with injured striker Quinton Pepper. Pepper and Kilbourne have known each other since their childhood in London, Ontario.

– Pistons coach Paul Dyck said of Kilbourne: “He will bring a veteran presence to a largely young d-core. He will be a physical presence who can also move the puck. Dyck also added: “He could be in the lineup as early as Sunday”.

– Jack Rogers has 6 points in his last 2 games.

– Cooper Rice has 4 points in his last 5 games

– Davin Griffin has a three-game streak with at least 5 points in this span


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