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Lenz shuts the door on Flyers

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 02/3/2019 10:31 AM

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Matt Lenz made 25 saves to lead the Steinbach Pistons to a 5-0 shutout victory over the Winkler Flyers in Manitoba Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at Winkler.

Lenz, the leading goaltender in the MJHL with a 2.02 goals against average, posted his third shutout of the season, and together with Matt Radomsky, are the top goaltending tandem in the league.

The Pistons opened the scoring in the dying seconds of the first on a goal by defenceman Tristan Culleton. Boedey Vaeth, with his 16th of the season, made it 2-0 Steinbach late in the second.

Kyle Bettens, Brendan Martin and Tyson McConnell scored third period goals for the Pistons. Troy Williams, the second highest scoring defenceman in the league, added two more assists in the game, giving  him 34 for the season and 41 points overall.

Saturday`s win over the Flyers came on the heels of a thrilling 5-4 shootout victory over the Dauphin Kings Friday night in Steinbach as Boedey Vaeth and then Tanner Mole with the eventual winner, scored in the shootout for the Pistons.

With the Kings leading 4-3 late in the third, Troy Williams scored with 1:58 remaining in regulation to send this game into overtime.

Tanner Mole in the first and then Kyle Bettens early in the second staked the Pistons to a 2-0 lead before the Kings stormed back with three straight goals to take 3-2 lead early in the third in this see-saw battle.
Brendan Martin for the Pistons and then Bryon Fobair, with his second of the period again gave  the Kings the lead, before Williams' tying marker. Bettens had a goal and two assists in the game.

Matt Radomsky had a strong game in net for the Pistons as the Kings came to play, outshooting the Pistons 42-35 in the contest, including 8-3 in the five-minute overtime.

With the two weekend wins, the Pistons improve their third place record to 33-14-2-0.

The Pistons next see action Wednesday night at home as they host the Neepawa Natives at 7:30 p.m. at the T.G. Smith Centre.

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