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Pistons garner series split with Stamps

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 03/24/2019 10:21 AM

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The Steinbach Pistons have returned home from Swan River after gaining a split with the Swan Valley Stampeders this weekend in the opening two games of their Manitoba Junior Hockey League semi-final series.

Steinbach won the opener by a 3-2 margin on Friday but the Stampeders came back to tie the series with a 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday.

In the Pistons series opening victory on Friday, the Pistons trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes, but goals by Troy Williams and Riley Vautour just 47 seconds apart early in the third, both set up by Easton Bennett, proved to the difference as the Pistons held on for the 3-2 victory.

Matt Radomsky had a monster game in net for the Pistons making 42 saves, including all 18 shots he faced in the third period as the Stampeders outshot the Pistons 44-31 in the contest.

In Saturday's rematch, Bradley Goethals, with his second of the game, scored the winning goal for the Stampeders 3:14 into the first overtime period.

The Pistons led 2-1 after 40 minutes on goals by Tanner Mole and Riley Vautour, but Matthew Osadick tied it for the Stampeders two minutes into the the third as all three Swan Valley goals came from the two former Eastman Selects players.

Matt Radomsky had another strong game in net for the Pistons making 35 saves as the Stampeders outshot the Pistons 38-26.

Swan Valley finished second in the regular season standings while the Pistons were third.

Games three and four in the best of seven series will be played Wednesday and Thursday, both at 7:30 p.m. in Steinbach.

Meanwhile, the Portage Terriers lead the Virden Oil Capitals 1-0 in the other series following their 4-1 victory over the Caps Saturday in Portage.

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