A Strong First Period Leads Pistons to 4-1 Win

The Steinbach Pistons beat the Winkler Flyers by a score of 4-1 Wednesday evening at Centennial Arena.

The Pistons drew first blood at the 12:01 mark of the first period. Travis Hensrud brought the puck below the goal line and centred it off a Flyers skate and into the net giving the Pistons a 1-0 lead.

2-minutes later the Pistons capitalized on the powerplay to make it 2-0. Davis Fry found Nate Goodbrandson at the right faceoff dot who put it top corner past Malachi Klassen.

Steinbach extended the lead to 3-0 with just under 2-minutes remaining in the opening frame. A great forecheck by Daniel O’Neill resulted in him getting the puck and finding Nick Mikan who put it short side.

Steinbach went into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead and outshooting the Flyers 12-11.

The second period did not see any offence, but the Pistons penalty kill kept the Flyers off the score sheet. Ty Paisley was assessed a double minor for slew footing late in the second period, but the Pistons penalty kill got to work and killed off the full 4-minutes.

The Flyers got on the board early in the third period. Zach Nicolas picked Noah Szabo’s pocket in the Pistons zone and put it top corner over Domenik Wasik’s glove making it 3-1.

Steinbach closed out the scoring with just over 5-minutes remaining in the period, making it 4-1. Ian Amsbaugh got the puck from A Flyer behind the net and found Nick Mikan out front who potted his second goal of the game.

Domenik Wasik stood tall all game stopping 33/34. The Flyers almost scored their second goal of the game with under a minute left in the game, but Wasik dove back swiping the puck off the goal line, making an amazing save.

The Pistons secured the 4-1 win over the Flyers and look to face off against the Portage Terriers in Portage on Sunday night.