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Pistons blank Portage Terriers

To face Swan Valley in opening round

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 03/1/2018 7:28 AM

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Goaltending was the name of the game Wednesday night at the T.G. Smith Centre in Steinabch as the Steinbach Pistons blanked the Portage Terriers 2-0 on a night that the league doled out a parcel of awards, honours and all-star selections to members of the first place Steinbach Pistons.

Matt Radomsky posted his MJHL-leading eighth shutout of the season, making 28 saves in the win over the nemesis Terriers. At the other end, Lasse Peterson was also outstanding for the Terriers making 47 saves as the Pistons outshot the Terriers 49-28.

A first period goal by Luke Bellerose, his third of the season, and a second period marker by Tanner Mole, his seventh, was all the scoring the Pistons would need.

With one game to play, the Pistons now have 98 points on a record of 47-8-2-2, 18 points ahead of the second place Terriers.

The Pistons will attempt to hit the 100-point mark in their final game of the regular season Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Winkler.

Swan Valley clinched the eighth and final playoff spot last night and that is who the Pistons will play in their opening round series, which will get underway late next week in Steinbach. The Pistons have home ice advantage through the playoffs thanks to their first place finish.

Meanwhile, still up for grabs in the final weekend of the MJHL season is the league scoring title. The Pistons Bradley Schoonbaert and Dexter Kuczek of the Blues are tied with 89 points. Schoonbaert has only one game remaining while Kuzek has two. Schoonbaert currently has the edge in goals scored with 36, one more than Kuczek. 

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