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Pistons double Flyers in 3rd straight win

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 12/5/2018 6:44 AM

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Matt Lenz made 28 saves and Brendan Martin scored his league-leading 19th goal of the season as the Steinbach Pistons doubled the Winkler Flyers 4-2 Tuesday night at Winkler.

It was the third straight win for the defending MJHL champion Pistons.

Martin's goal was a shorthanded effort in the first period and it ties him for the league lead in goals along with MJHL scoring leader Josh Tripp and Connor Barley of the Selkirk Steelers. Martin is now third in the MJHL scoring race with 35 points in 29 games.

Steinbach jumped into a 3-1 first period lead on goals by Boedey Vaeth, Martin and Max Neill. Winkler also countered with a shorthanded goal of their own as Connor Beebe beat Matt Lenz.

Winkler closed the gap to 3-2 in the second on a Brody Moffatt marker, but Lenz kept the Flyers at bay the rest of the way, before Troy Williams added an empty netter to make it a 4-2 final.

The Pistons outshot the Flyers 33-30. Lenz got the start as veteran goaltender Matt Radomsky along with forward Kyle Bettens are in Calgary at the Team Canada West Selection Camp.

Lenz has made the most of his opportunities when inserted into the net as he is 4-1-1 on the season along with a superb 2.36 goals against average and a league-leading .925 percentage.

With the win, the third place Pistons, now 19-9-1-0, have inched to within three points of the second place Swan Valley Stampeders. The Flyers fell to 12-14-2-0.

The Pistons return home to Steinbach host the Winnipeg Blues Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the T.G. Smith Centre.

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