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Pistons extend win streak to 6 games

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 02/10/2019 10:25 AM

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The Steinbach Pistons have been on quite a roll of late as they have now won six staight Manitoba Junior Hockey League games.

Wins number five and six in a row came this weekend in victories over the Virden Oil Capitals and Neepawa Natives, both comeback victories and both in extra time.

Friday night in Steinbach, the Pistons edged the Oil Capitals 4-3 in overtime, on the winner from Brendan Martin, assisted by Riley Vautour, just 48 seconds into the overtime period.

It was Martin's second of the game and 30th goal of the season.

Trailing 3-2 in the third, Jack Kilroy scored the tying goal for the Pistons with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.

Virden led 1-0 after the first and took a 2-0 lead early in the second before defenceman Troy Williams finally got the Pistons on the board seven minutes into the third, followed a minute later by Martin's first of the game.

Matt Radomsky picked up the win in net for the Pistons, making 28 saves.

Saturday night in Neepawa, the Pistons edged the last place Natives 3-2 in a shootout, who again played above their last place standing. Just a few nights earlier in Steinbach, the Pistons eked out a 1-0 win over the Natives.

In Saturday's game, Neepawa led for most of the contest, skating to period leads of 1-0 and 2-1, with Easton Bennett connecting for the Pistons in the second and then Carter Loney tied it for the Pistons with 6:47 remaining in the third.

This game ultimately went to a shootout and Kyle Bettens scored the lone goal of the shootout to win it for the Pistons, while Matt Lenz stopped all three shooters he faced in the Steinbach net.

The Pistons have now ran their third place record to 36-14-2-0, just a point a back of the second place Swan Valley Stampeders, although the Stampeders have two games in hand on the Pistons.

Next action for the Pistons will be Tuesday night at home in Steinbach as they host the Selkirk Steelers at 7:30 p.m. at the T.G. Smith Centre.

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