After a successful 2-0 weekend on home ice versus the two top teams in the west division, the Pistons look to continue their success on the road Tuesday night in Selkirk where they have a chance to clinch their spot in the 2024 Turnbull Cup Playoffs.
The Pistons had a good bounce back weekend after dropping two straight to Winkler and Dauphin the weekend before bringing their 11 game win streak to a close.
The Pistons went back their game of playing with pace through all 4 lines and it paid off. Cole Plowman continues to be exceptional for the Pistons as he earned himself a star of the week only allowing just 2 goals in two games against two top teams. Plowman will get some rest Tuesday night as Beck Liden is expected to get the start.
The injury bug isn’t gone just yet for the Pistons who will be without Noah Szabo on Tuesday night. Eric Cote of the Eastman Selects will suit up for the blue and white for the 5th game this season. Out of the lineup on the back end, along with Szabo, are Parker Jasper and Jack Cook. Jasper is expected to be out until March while Cook could return in the next week or two.
The Steelers are heating up just when they need to as they’ve now won their last 4 games in a row. They sit just 6 points behind the Niverville Nighthawks with a game in hand. Any points they can get from here on in, they will take as they look to snag the 4th playoff spot in the east division.
A win tonight would get some serious attention from the Nighthawks.
PISTONS: PP 41/182 – 22.5% PK 200/222 – 90.1%
STEELERS: PP 35/203 – 17.2% PK 147/171 – 86.0%
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Pistons: Leo Chambers
Call him MR consistent. Chambers is over a point per game player this year and finds himself on the scoresheet in nearly every game. Even when he is not, he is still one of Steinbach’s most valuable players on the ice because of the pace, energy, and work ethic he brings to the lineup. Pistons fans can expect Leo to lead the Pistons in a big way in a building Steinbach has not always played well in as they have a chance to punch their ticket to the playoffs.
Steelers: Noel Olsonawski
The Steelers have won their last 4 games and in all of those games, it was Noel Olsonawski between the pipes. The 19-year-old goaltender sits about middle of the pack amongst his peers with a 2.50GAA and a .911SV% which is not too shabby for a rookie. The Steelers will be looking for a great performance from him tonight as they face the first place Pistons.
Puck drop at the Selkirk Recreational Complex is at 7:30pm. Catch the game on Flo Hockey or listen to voice of the Pistons Dave Anthony over at DAbroadcasting.mixlr.com.
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