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Bettens provides big spark for Pistons

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 01/27/2019 9:37 AM

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Kyle Bettens, the youngest player on the team, provided a much-needed spark to the Steinbach Pistons Saturday night in Steinbach in a 6-3 victory over the Winnipeg Blues.

The 17-year-old, one of only two MJHL players to be ranked by NHL Central Scouting for this year's NHL Entry Draft, scored two goals and added an assist, in a much better effort from the Pistons after they were beaten 4-2 by Waywayseecappo on Friday and 3-0 by the Virden Oil Capitals last Wednesday.

The Blues, who beat the Pistons 3-1 here in Steinbach exactly two weeks ago, led 2-1 after the first in last night's game, but the Pistons erupted for four second period goals, took a 5-3 lead into the third, enroute to the 6-3 triumph.

Tyson McConnell also had a pair of goals for the Pistons while Nico Labossiere and Jack Kilroy added singles. Matt Radomsky picked up the win in net, making 26 saves.

In the Friday loss to Wayway, the visiting Wolverines sprinted to a 4-0 lead before the Pistons finally got on the board with a pair of goals in the third by Carter Loney just 17 seconds apart.

The Pistons remain in third place in the MJHL standings with a 31-14-2-0 record, just one point behind the second place Swan Valley Stampeders, although the Stampeders also have two games in hand on the Pistons.

The Pistons return to the ice Wednesday night at home as they will entertain the Selkirk Steelers at 7:30 p.m. at the T.G. Smith Centre.

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