The Carillon - ONLINE EDITION
By: Terry Frey
Posted: 03/27/2018 10:33 PM
Trailing 3-1 early in the third period and in danger of going down 2-1 in the series, the Steinbach Pistons rallied to score four unanswered goals Tuesday night in Steinbach to defeat the Winnipeg Blues 5-3 and in turn take a pivotal 2-1 lead in their Manitoba Junior Hockey League semi-final series.
Brady Tatro had a huge game for the Pistons with two goals and an assist while Bradley Schoonbaert had a goal and two helpers.
Riese Gaber and Braden Purtill had the other Steinbach markers in the physical affair while Devon Skoleski, on a breakaway in the second, along with Joel MacGillivray and Dale Goodbrandson replied for the Blues.
Matthew Thiessen was solid in net for the Pistons making 27 saves as the Pistons outshot the Blues 40-30.
Steinbach came into the series as the number one seed after finishing first overall in the standings while the Blues were sixth, but knocked off the three-time defending champion Portage Terriers in the quarter-finals.
The teams split the first two games of the series with the Pistons winning the opener 3-1 and the Blues coming back to win game two by a 2-1 margin.
Game four in the best of seven semi-final will be played Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Iceplex and then Saturday back in Steinbach for game five at 7:30 p.m. at the T. G. Smith Centre.
Meanwhile, in the other series the Virden Oil Capitals have a commanding 3-0 lead on the Winkler Flyers following Virden’s 5-1 victory over the Flyers Tuesday at Virden.
The Carillon Sultans saw their Manitoba Junior Baseball League season come to an end Thursday night in Winnipeg as they lost 7-4 to the St. Boniface Legionaires in the third and deciding game of their MJBL quarter-final series.