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Lenz stands tall in Pistons' win

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 11/10/2018 8:14 AM

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Coming off a stinging 6-5 loss to the Portage Terriers two nights earlier, Matt Lenz was the story of the game for the Steinbach Pistons Friday night in Dauphin as he made 45 saves, leading the Pistons to a 4-3 victory over the Kings.

The Kings outshot the Pistons 48-30 in the game, including 36-12 in the final two periods alone as the rookie netminder was spectacular for the visitors. Lenz leads the MJHL with a 1.83 goals against average and also leads with a .944 save percentage.

Steinbach jumped into an early 2-0 lead in the contest on goals by Brendan Martin and Marcel Berube just 34 seconds apart. George King replied for the Kings later in frame as the Pistons took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

Dauphin's Avery Smith tied it with the lone goal of the second. But despite being so badly outshot in those final two frames the Pistons managed to score a pair of early goals in the third as Tyson McConnell, with his 10th of the season, gave the Pistons the lead just 1:31 into the period. Max Neill scored what proved to be the winning goal two minutes later.

King, with his second powerplay goal of the game, scored for the Kings midway through the third, but Lenz performed his magic over the final nine minutes to preserve the victory for the Pistons.

With the win, the Pistons improve to 13-6-1-0 for the season, third in the MJHL standings, just a point back of the Swan Valley Stampeders and four behind the leading Portage Terriers. Both those teams were also in action last night. Portage rallied from a 4-1 third period deficit to defeat the Neepawa Natives 5-4 in overtime, and Swan Valley lost 4-3 to Selkirk.

The Pistons next see action Tuesday night at home as they entertain the Winkler Flyers at 7:30 p.m. at the T.G. Smith Centre.

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