The Pistons smothered the Waywayseecappo Wolverines in a convincing 5-2 win. Steinbach’s Bradley Schoonbaert and Mackenzie Graham both got 3 points each in the victory. Matt Radomsky earned his 6th win of the season saving 23 of the 25 shots he faced.
The Pistons started the game with purpose as they scored four in the 1st period. Schoonbaert opened the scoring at 7:50, after being set-up by Graham off of a offensive zone faceoff.
Tyson McConnell then added a 2nd goal at 9:56, increasing his season tally to 4. The Pistons third line played great with McConnell, Johnson and Chorney getting after the Wolverines deep in their zone and forcing turnovers throughout the affair.
Schoonbaert scored his second of the night at 12:03, again being assisted by Mackenzie Graham. The Pistons had non-stop offensive pressure in the Wayway zone for the majority of the first two periods.
Towards the end of the period, Will Koop fired into the wide open net of Wolverines goaltender Mackenzie Chalmers to make it four in the period. The Pistons outshot the Wolverines 19-9 in the first period, having many major scoring chances on top of those which were converted.
A slashing penalty by Wayway’s Aaron Beauchamp, led to the Pistons 5th goal of the night, when Mackenzie Graham scored his league leading 18th goal of the season.
The Pistons’ struggled defensively on the penalty kill, which was really the biggest fault in their game on Friday. Waywayseecappo scored two powerplay goals in the 3rd period. The first scored by Ryan Mignault, and the second in the last minute of regulation by Quinton Cubbon.
Apart from the sub-par penalty-kill the Pistons played a fantastic game, and earned an important two points to stay top of the league. The Pistons travel to the MTS Iceplex on Saturday the 26th of November to take on the Winnipeg Blues, the puck drops at 7:30.
The Pistons also have a very important road game to Portage on Wednesday night and are finally back home on Friday when they take on the Swan Valley Stampeders.
Three Stars of the Game
1st: Bradley Schoonbaert (Steinbach) 2 Goals 1 Assist
2nd: Mackenzie Graham (Steinbach) 1 Goal 2 Assists
3rd: Braden Purtill: (Steinbach) 1 Assist, and exceptional team play