The Carillon - ONLINE EDITION
By: Terry Frey
Posted: 05/5/2018 8:57 AM
The Steinbach Pistons are in postion to win the ANAVET Cup on their home ice and in front of their own fans Monday night in Steinbach.
A huge 2-1 victory over the Nipawin Hawks Friday night at Nipawin gave the Pistons a privotal 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series pitting the MJHL-champion Pistons vs. the SJHL-champion Hawks.
After splitting the first two games of the series last weekend in Steinbach the series shifted to Nipawin this past week where the Pistons won two of three games.
In what head coach Paul Dyck called a "gutsy win", the Pistons trailed for most of last night's game until two third period markers by the visitors.
Brandon Arnold, with this sixth goal of the series, gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead as he scored with three minutes remaining in the first.
Steinbach pressured in the second, outshooting the Hawks 15-8 in the period, but couldn't get the equalizer.
Then finally, Drew Worrad tied it for the Pistons four minutes into the first and and then Jack Johnson, with the biggest goal he has ever scored, notched the winner with 7:38 remaining in the game and the Pistons were able to lock down the victory.
Steinbach was dominant in that third period with two massive goals, outshooting the Hawks 13-3 in the third, 28-11 in the final two periods and 36-25 overall in the game as Matthew Thiessen made 24 saves for the Pistons.
After travelling all night after last night's pivotal victory in Nipawin, the team arrived back in Steinbach at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, filing off the bus a tired but content group as they now have two chances on home ice to win this thing.
Game time on Monday is 7:30 p.m. at the T.G. Smith Centre. Should a seventh game be required it will be played Tuesday in Steinbach, also at 7:30 p.m.
Of course at stake to the winner of this series is a berth in the RBC Cup Junior 'A' National Championship, being played May 12-20 at Chilliwack, B.C.
The Portage Terriers won the Manitoba Junior Hockey League championship Monday night at home in the most of dramatic of fashions, beating the Swan Valley Stampeders 3-2 in overtime in the seventh and deciding game of the finals.
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