The Steinbach Pistons opened their preseason with a win versus the Winkler Flyers on Friday night at the TG Smith Centre. The game was a battle of the goalies, seeing both goalies make save after save, keeping it scoreless for much of the game.
The first and second periods highlighted both teams defensive and penalty killing abilities as both teams went perfect on the penalty kill. Pistons goalie Simon Harkness, and Flyers goalie Brock Moroz both made some highlight reel saves shutting the door and keeping the game scoreless. The powerplay on the other hand did not see its fair share of success as both teams couldn’t fine twine on any of their chances seeing the flyers go 0/3 and the Pistons go 0/7.
The third period was more eventful seeing a fight between Pistons Zac Patrick and Flyers Trent Penner. Patrick got the upper hand in the exchange and both players skated off sharing a high five as they left the ice. It looked as if the game was going to OT but with just under a minute left in the 3rd period Marc – Antoine Ducharme snuck the puck past Flyers goaltender Brock Moroz to go up 1-0. The Pistons held onto the 1-0 lead with the flyers goalie pulled and Harkness came out with the 31 save shutout.
The Pistons look forward to their next game tomorrow September 4, against the Flyers in Winkler. The Pistons next home game is next Saturday, September 11 against the Selkirk Steelers. Puck drop is at 7:30pm at the T.G. Smith Centre.