The Carillon - ONLINE EDITION
By: Terry Frey
Posted: 03/15/2019 7:47 AM
The Steinbach Pistons suffered a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Winnipeg Blues in MJHL playoff action Thursday night at Bell MTS Iceplex.
But despite that defeat, the Pistons still hold a commanding 3-1 lead on the Blues in their best of seven quarter-final series.
The teams traded goals in the first period as Winnipeg jumped into an early lead on a goal by Nathan Adrian just two minutes after the opening face-off and then Brendan Westbrook tied it for the Pistons a few minutes later.
Kelton Sutherland scored the lone goal of the second period to give the Blues a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes and it looked like this one was going to go down to the wire, just as the previous three games.
But the Blues erupted for four unanswered goals in the third to bury the Pistons, including a pair of goals by Braeden Binda and James Maxwell just 45 seconds apart to make it a 5-1 game, chasing Steinbach starter Matt Radomsky.
But with back-up Matt Lenz sliding in between the pipes, the Blues scored again, as Kelton Sutherland, with his second of the game, beat Lenz on the very first shot he faced. The Blues outshot the Pistons 33-26 inthe contest.
At any rate, the favoured Pistons remain in an enviable position with a 3-1 series lead and will again attempt to wrap up the series when it continues with game five Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Steinbach. If game six is required, it will be played Monday at 7:00 p.m. at Bell MTS Iceplex.
Elsewhere last night, the Selkirk Steelers edged the Virden Oil Capitals 4-3 in overtime to deadlock that series at two games apiece. The other two series both continue tonight, with the Portage Terriers leading the Waywayseecappo Wolverines 3-0 and the Swan Valley Stampeders also holding a 3-0 lead on the Dauphin Kings.
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