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Pistons take 2-0 series lead on Blues

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 03/11/2019 8:12 AM

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The defending MJHL champion Steinbach Pistons downed the Winnipeg Blues 6-4 Sunday night at Bell MTS Iceplex to take a 2-0 lead in their best of seven quarter-final series.

For a Pistons team that was struggling to score goals down the stretch, they have now scored 10 times in the first two games of the series, after their 4-3 victory in the series opener Friday night in Steinbach.

Brendan Martin, who led the Pistons in scoring during the regular season, scored what proved to be the winning goal in last night's game scoring with seven minutes remaining in the second period as the Pistons took a 5-4 lead into the third. The teams were knotted at 2-2 after the first.

Nico Labossiere paced the Pistons with two goals and and an assist while Kyle Bettens, who leads all playoff scorers with five points in two games, had a goal and two helpers. Easton Bennett also had a three-point night as he scored an empty netter and added two assists.

Tyson McConnell rounded out the Steinbach scoring. Replying for the Blues were Ty Naaykens, Codey Behun, Sulivan Shortreed and Tony Apetagon.

Matt Radomsky was again superb in net for the Pistons making 35 saves as the Blues outshot the Pistons 39-26.

Game three in the series will be played Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Steinbach.

The three other quarter-final series are also 2-0. In last night's games, Portage downed Wayway 3-1; Virden defeated Selkirk 5-1; and Swan Valley also defeated Dauphin 5-1.

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