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Cooper Rice Leads Pistons to Win Over Freeze

The Steinbach Pistons beat the Winnipeg Freeze 5-3 Saturday evening at the TG Smith Centre. Cooper Rice lead the way for the Pistons with 2 goals and 2 assists.

The Pistons got to work quickly in the first period as Cooper Rice scored just 18 seconds into the game with the assists coming from Quinton Pepper and Hunter Degelman.

The Freeze did not lead the Pistons have a lead for long as just under 3 minutes later the Freeze scored two goals within 30 seconds of each other. Darik Feasey scored the first goal and Freeze leading scorer Nathan Driver scored the second.

At the 9:27 mark of the period Neo Kiemeny scored a nice give and go goal with Jack Rogers to put the Pistons up 3-2.

Two and half minutes later Cooper Rice potted his second goal of the game on the powerplay as he tipped Neo Kiemeny’s shot through the five hole of the Freeze goaltender.

The offence filled first period ended with the Pistons up 3-2 and outshooting the Freeze 17-11.

The second period only saw one goal as Davis Fry gave a beautiful one-handed feed to Zac Patrick who made no mistake and scored his first goal of the season. The Pistons closed out the second period up 4-2.

The Freeze did not give up as Ryder Ringor scored at the 6:45 mark of the third period to bring the Freeze to within one and make it a game.

The Freeze pulled their goalie with around a minute and half to go to play 6 on 5. Quinton Pepper scored on the empty net from the Freeze blue line to put the nail in the coffin and win 5-3.