The Carillon - ONLINE EDITION
By: Terry Frey
Posted: 11/8/2018 8:38 AM
This one stings. In a battle of two MJHL titans, the Steinbach Pistons blew a 3-0 first period lead only to lose 6-5 to the Portage Terriers Wednesday night in Steinbach, on a pair of late goals by the Terriers.
Clinging to a 5-4 lead in the third, Ocean Wiesblatt, who had a four-point game, including a pair of goals, tied it for the Terriers with 3:32 remaining in regulation. Then, just 34 seconds later, Logan Calder beat Matt Radomsky for the winning goal. It was the first time the Terriers held the lead in the game.
The Pistons, who had beaten the Terriers in three of four meetings this season, burst out of the gates last night at the T.G. Smith Centre as they scored twice in the opening three minutes on goals by Brendan Martin and Kyle Bettens, who was in his first game back with the Pistons after spending the past couple of months with the Fargo Force. Brady Tatro, with his 14th of the season, made it 3-0 Steinbach late in the frame.
Portage got on the board in the final minute of the opening period as Jared Roy scored with 21 seconds remaining to narrow the Steinbach lead to 3-1 at the break.
The complexion of this game started to change in the second period when the Pistons ran into penalty trouble and the Terriers pounced on their opportunity as Joey Moffatt scored a pair of powerplay goals for the Terriers just 17 seconds apart midway through the middle period. Boedey Vaeth restored the lead for the Pistons as he scored late in the second.
The drama continued in the third as Wiesblatt tied it for the Terriers 1:27 into the final period before the Pistons again took the lead just 41 seconds later on a goal by Jack Kilroy. This set the stage for the late game tallies by the Terriers who went on to pull out the victory.
Not only was it a loss for the hometown Pistons to their main rivals, but it was also an important loss to the Pistons as it relates to the standings.
With the win, Portage, now 14-4-1-0 for 29 points, maintains their slender hold on first place, just one point ahead of the Swan Valley Stampeders, who were 2-0 winners over the Dauphin Kings last night. Steinbach remains in third place with 25 points on a record of 12-6-1-0.
Next action for the Steinbach Pistons will be Friday night in Dauphin in a 7:30 p.m. clash with the Kings.
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