The Carillon - ONLINE EDITION
By: Terry Frey
Posted: 05/18/2018 7:19 AM
The Steinbach Pistons were eliminated from the RBC Cup National Junior 'A' Hockey Championships Thursday night in Chilliwack following their 4-1 defeat at the hands of the host Chilliwack Chiefs.
With two regulation time losses and two overtime losses the Pistons finished last in the five-team field and failed to qualify for Saturday's semi-finals. A win last night over the Chiefs would have vaulted the Pistons past the Wellington Dukes into the final playoff berth.
The backbreaker for the Pistons in last night's game were two late goals in the first period by Chilliwack as Corey Andonovski beat Matt Radomsky with 2:44 left in the period and Ethan Bowen made it 2-0 Chilliwack a minute later.
Steinbach had a golden opportunity late in the second as Austin Heidemann was awarded a penalty shot but failed to score on his attempt.
Chilliwack went up 3-0 seven minutes into the third on a powerplay goal by Kaden Pickering. Drew Worrad responded three minutes later scoring Steinbach's lone goal on the powerplay to make it 3-1 and Chilliwack sealed it with their fourth goal with three minutes remaining.
Chilliwack outshot Steinbach 41-27 as Matt Radomsky made 37 saves in net for the Pistons.
This was the only game of their four games at the tournament where the Pistons did not hold a lead. In their previous games the Pistons bolted out to two-goal leads on all three occasions, only to falter in the end as they lost all three of those games by a single goal.
Saturday's semi-finals will pit the first place Wenatchee Wings vs. the fourth place Wellington Dukes and the second place Chilliwack Chiefs vs. the third place Ottawa Jr. Senators.
The championship game will be played Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Pacific time.
The Pistons will fly home on Monday and will hold their annual awards night on Tuesday, May 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Frantz Motor Inn. Details of that event, including the purchase of tickets, can be found on the Steinbach Pistons website.
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