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Pistons rally to beat Steelers

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 02/16/2017 7:51 AM

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The Steinbach Pistons rallied from a 2-0 deficit to go on to defeat the Selkirk Steelers 3-2 in Manitoba Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night in Steinbach.

Will Koop, with his 19th of the season, scored the winning goal, set up by Mackenzie Graham, with four minutes remaining in the game.

Scoreless in the first, the first four goals in the game came in  a quick five-minute span to start the second period. Selkirk jumped into a 2-0 lead early in the frame on goals by Jake Dudar at 44 seconds and then Nathan Halvorsen scored at 2:17. But the Pistons quickly replied as Tyler Anderson netted his 10th at 2:58 and then Tyson McConnell, named the first star in the game, tied it with his 13th at 5:42.

Roman Bengert was again steady between the pipes for the Pistons making 25 saves as the Pistons outshot the Steelers 32-27.

Elsewhere in the MJHL last night: Neepawa edged Dauphin 4-3; Portage outscored Winnipeg 4-1; and Wayway needed overtime to get by Swan Valley 3-2.

The Pistons, now 43-7-1, have a significant eight-point lead atop the MJHL standings over the Winkler Flyers. The Pistons, with nine games remaining in the season, also have three games in hand on the Flyers. Selkirk is in third, four points back of the Flyers.

Steinbach hits the road this weekend for a pair of games at Virden against Oil Capitals. Game time both Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m. The Pistons then return home to host the Winkler Flyers Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the T.G. Smith Centre.

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