The Steinbach Pistons won 4-0 Saturday evening against the Virden Oil Capitals to close out the first half of the season.
The game got off to an unfortunate start as Pistons defencemen Zac Patrick laid a huge hit on Oil Capitals forward Braden Fischer that saw Fischer having to leave the game. Patrick got a game misconduct for the hit seeing the Pistons go shorthanded for 5 minutes.
The Oil Capitals powerplay was cut short as 2 and half minutes in Carson Buydens took an interference penalty to make it 4 on 4. 9 seconds later Bryden Kiesman took an unsportsmanlike penalty to give Steinbach a 4 on 3 powerplay. The Pistons however, could not capitalize on the opportunity.
Travis Hensrud opened the scoring at the 10:35 mark off a nice feed from Ethan Clements putting it past Oil Capitals goaltender Ethan Kadatz on the backhand. Ty Paisley got the secondary assist on the goal.
The Pistons went into the first intermission up 1-0 with the shot totals 8-6 for the Pistons.
Cooper Rice extended the Pistons lead to 2-0 as he tipped a shot from the point by Blake Norris and then put in the rebound.
7 minutes later Ty Paisley made the lead 3-0 as he got the puck off a rebound from Blake Norrs’ shot from the point, sliding it past Kadatz.
The Pistons went into the second intermission up 3-0 with the shot totals 22-16 in favour of the Pistons.
Jack Rogers got the last goal of the night for the Pistons as he scored off a one timer. Kadatz got some of the puck, but it trickled in behind him making the game 4-0. Neo Kiemeney and Owen Weihs got the assists on the play.
The second half didn’t see too much offence as Pistons goaltender Will Hambley turned away every shot he faced, securing another shutout.
The final score was 4-0 with the shot totals 34-26 for the Steinbach Pistons. The Pistons were happy to finish the first half of the season off on a winning note and look forward to the rest over the Christmas break.