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Blues no match for streaking Pistons

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 02/4/2018 10:30 AM

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Rolling to their eighth straight Manitoba Junior Hockey League victory, the Steinbach Pistons downed the Winnipeg Blues 5-2 Saturday night at Bell MTS Iceplex.

In a display of sheer dominance, the first place Pistons have outscored their opponents 50-8 during this latest winning streak.

Jumping into a quick 3-0 lead in the first, the Pistons coasted to a 5-2 victory over a Blues team  that is no match for the league front-runners.

Bradley Schoonbaert and Brady Tatro each had a goal and an assist to lead the Pistons. Rounding out the Steinbach scoring was Darby Gula, Tanner Mole and Riese Gaber while defenceman Mark Taraschuk picked up two assists on the night.

Matt Radomsky picked up the win in net making 25 saves.

Although the Pistons, for all intents and purposes, have already locked up first place for the second year in a row, there is at least one interesting race going on, and that is for the MJHL scoring title as Dexter Kuczek of the Blues and Bradley Schoonbaert are waging a tremendous two-way battle, as they have already distanced themselves from the rest of the pack.

Kuczek had one assist last night to maintain a one-point advantage over Schoonbaert. Kuczek has 76 points, including 31 goals, while Schoonbaert has 75 points, also with 31 goals. Jeremey Leipsic from Portage is a distant third with 64 points.

Meanwhile the Pistons improved their record to 39-8-1-1, 12 points ahead of the second place Virden Oil Capitals, who were 3-2 shootout winners over the Portage Terriers last night.

The next opponent for the Pistons will be Virden as they welcome the Oil Capitals to the T.G. Smith Centre Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

But first the Pistons will break for their annual fund-raising banquet, which is being held Monday night in Niverille with Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice the guest speaker.


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