Buckle Up, Pistons Force Game 7

Courtesy of TheCarillon.com

Now that, you can be sure, caught the attention of the Portage Terriers.

In their most emphatic statement of the post-season, the Steinbach Pistons whipped the Winkler Flyers 7-2 Tuesday night in Winkler to tie their Manitoba Junior Hockey League semi-final series at 3-3. The seventh and deciding game of the series will be played tonight (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. in Steinbach.

Down 3-1 in the series, and their backs against the wall, the Pistons have stared down elimination in two straight games, following on the heels of their 4-1 victory Sunday night in Steinbach.

Oddly enough, for the sixth straight game in the series, the Flyers scored first in the game as Jordan Wall gave the Flyers the lead just 4:41 into the contest as the close to 2,000 fans in attendance roared their approval.

But the relentless Pistons would have none of it as they proceeded to take complete control of the game. By the end of the first, the Pistons had a 2-1 lead and extended that lead to 3-1 after 40 minutes, then stepped on the gas on the final 20 enroute to the decisive 7-2 triumph.

Tyler Penner, with two goals, and a goal and three assists from Mackenzie Graham, led the Steinbach attack. Dan Taillefer, Quinton, Lisoway, Bradley Schoonbaert and Anthony Kapelke had the other Steinbach markers.

The Pistons outshot the Flyers 41-33 as Roman Bengert had another steady game in nets for the Pistons making 31 saves.

Tonight’s game seven in Steinbach is arguably the biggest game in Steinbach in three years, since the Pistons won the MJHL championship in 2013.

Waiting in the wings are the defending Manitoba and Canadian champion Portage Terriers, who swept the Winnipeg Blues four straight in the other semi-final series.