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Pistons garner split with Stampeders

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 11/19/2018 7:41 AM

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In a battle of two of the top teams in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, the visiting Swan Valley Stampeders and Steinbach Pistons split a weekend series at the T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach.

The Pistons were 2-1 shootout winners Saturday night but the Stampeders came back to double the Pistons 4-2 in the re-match Sunday night.

With the weekend results, the Pistons are firmly entrenched in third place in the standings with 31 points on a record of 15-8-1-0, four points back of the Stampeders and Portage Terriers, who are tied at the top with 35 points. Both those clubs also have two games in hand on the Pistons.

Saturday's tilt was a standout affair as the Pistons were led by two of their biggest stars, forward Brady Tatro and goaltender Matt Radomsky.

Tatro scored the shootout winner for the Pistons and also scored the regulation time goal five minutes into the first, his team-leading 15th goal of the season. Tatro is second overall in the MJHL scoring race with 32 points.

Swan Valley tied the game with seven minutes left in the first on a goal by league-scoring leader Josh Tripp, and the score remained tied 1-1 for the next 52 minutes until the Pistons finally prevailed in the shootout.

Radomsky made 34 saves in the contest and was named first star in the game. At the other end, Merek Pipes also made 34 saves between the pipes for the Stampeders.

In Sunday's re-match, in an explicable start time of 6:00 p.m., a change from the scheduled and earlier advertised 7:00 p.m. puck drop, the Pistons fell 4-2 as they have now garnered only two of a possbile six points in their last three games.

Tied 1-1 after the first, the Stampeders took a 3-2 lead into the third as they outshot the Pistons 34-28 in the contest.

Kyle Bettens and Boedey Vaeth were the Steinbach goal scorers. Radomsky took the loss in net for the Pistons, making 30 saves while Pipes turned aside 28 for the Stamps.

Next game for the Pistons will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Virden.   

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