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Pistons sneak past Neepawa

By: Ian Froese

Posted: 02/18/2015 10:20 PM

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Denis Bosc of the Steinbach Pistons battles for possession during Wednesday's eventual Steinbach victory, their fifth in a row.

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Denis Bosc of the Steinbach Pistons battles for possession during Wednesday's eventual Steinbach victory, their fifth in a row.

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After several games of scoring prowess, the Steinbach Pistons only garnered two goals on Wednesday night but it was all they needed.

In their fifth game in eight days, the Pistons mustered two goals against the league-worst Neepawa Natives to squeak by with a 2-1 victory.

Steinbach had scored 21 goals in their previous four games.

On Wednesday, the goals came in the first period, courtesy of Tyler Penner and Dustin Loeppky, but the shots kept coming all game long. Steinbach fired a total of 45 shots versus only 23 discharged by Neepawa.

Credit to Neepawa netminder Alex Henry in net who turned aside 43 of 45 attempts.

By the final period, energy had waned for the home side until Neepawa’s Garett Rempel buried a goal with six minutes remaining, adding a sense of urgency to both units.

Steinbach is back in second place on the Manitoba Junior Hockey League table, leap-frogging past the Winnipeg Blues, who bypassed Winkler 3-2.

The Pistons visit Portage Friday night to faceoff against the best team in the loop.

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