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McConnell Leads Pistons in Defeat of Neepawa

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McConnell Leads Pistons In Defeat Of Neepawa

A second straight game with a slow start didn’t stop the Steinbach Pistons from putting up 7 goals on route to a 7-2 victory on Saturday night.

The Pistons were down 1-0 after the first period but in the second, it was Smith scoring his first of two on the night, knotting things up at a goal apiece. Then Steinbach got into penalty trouble. The Pistons were down 5 on 3 for a full two minutes. Lead by a sensational save by Jeremy Wik, the Pistons would kill off the penalties and that seemed to be the turning point as Tyson McConnell would give Steinbach the lead with less than a minute remaining in the second period.

In the third, on a power play of their own, hometown boy Quintin Lisoway roofed a perfect shot into the top corner and put Steinbach a head 3-1. The flood gates opened up after that as Steinbach another goal from both Smith and McConnell as well as Jordan Bochinski and Denis Bosc.

With his two goals tonight, Cole Smith has 25 on the season and now sits atop the goal scoring race for the Pistons. McConnell now has 5 on the year while Bosc hit 14, Bochinski has 14 and Lisoway has 17 goals respectively. Lisoway (2), McConnell (2), Dan Taillefer (2), Bradley Schoonbaert (2), Eddie Eades (2), Ryan Carlson and Matt Stanley had assists on the night.

Jeremey Wik was solid in his second straight start making 23 saves for his 20th win of the season. The power play went 2-for-6 and the penalty kill went 7-for-7.

The Pistons wrap up their 3 games in 3 nights road trip in Swan Valley against the Stampeders on Sunday night. With a Pistons win, they will clinch second place.