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Pistons win three straight on weekend road trip

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 01/21/2019 7:33 AM

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The Steinbach Pistons were perfect on a three-game road to northwestern Manitoba this past weekend.

Friday at OCN, after making the day long trek to the north, the Pistons doubled the Blizzard 4-2.

Tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, Steinbach native Caleb Paisley scored the winning goal for the Pistons 3:07 into the third. It was Paisley's first goal since coming to the Pistons from the Red Lake Miners at the Jan. 10 trade deadline. In fact all three players the Pistons acquired at the deadline, including Nico Labossiere and Riley Vautour scored on the weekend trip.

Rounding out the scoring for the Pistons in the win over the Blizzard were Boedey Vaeth, Tanner Mole and Troy Williams.

Matt Radomsky picked up the win in net making 27 saves.

The Pistons then headed south Waywayseecappo where they took a pair of games from the Wolverines, winning 4-1 and 2-0.

In Saturday's 4-1 triumph, Nico Labossiere scored twice to lead the Pistons while Troy Beauchemin and Tanner Mole added singles. Matt Lenz was strong in net for the Pistons, stopping 30 of the 31 shots he faced.

Matt Radomsky picked up his league-leading fifth shutout the season, as he was tested only 16 times as the Pistons blanked Wayway 2-0 Sunday night in the finale of the three games in three nights road trip. Radomsky also leads the MJHL with a 1.99 goals against average.

Brendan Martin scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season midway through the first period and that 1-0 lead stood up until Riley Vautour scored an empty netter with 10 seconds remaining. Vautour came over to the Pistons from Waywayseecappo, where he had been the leading scorer for the Wolverines before the trade.

Martin is second overall in goals in the league with 26 and is fourth in the MJHL scoring race with 51 points.

With the weekend results, the Pistons, now 30-12-2-0, have moved one point past Swan Valley into second in the MJHL standings, although the Stampeders have two games in hand on the Pistons.

The Pistons will host the fifth place Virden Oil Capitals (22-15-3-4) Wednesday at home with the puck drop at 7:30 p.m. at the T.G. Smith Centre.


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