Daniel McKitrick and Brendan Martin scored their first goals as Pistons in the third period to punctuate another 7-1 victory over the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
McKitrick, making his Pistons debut, scored the 6-1 goal when he took the puck on the power play and snapped it short side on Wolverine goalie Curtis Stewart, and Martin took the centering pass from Tyson McConnell to bury the 7th Piston goal.
Starting goalie Matt Radomsky made 16 saves in the victory, while Stewart stopped 40 of 47 Piston shots in the loss.
“We had the mentality to just keep it simple,” forward Easton Bennett said after the game. “We found each other in some good scoring places, and put the puck in the net when we needed to.”
Austin Heidemann sniped home his 7th of the season to give the Pistons a 1-0 lead early in the first period. Bradley Schoonbaert found himself alone in front of the Wolverine net, and accepted a pass from Drew Worrad and put home his 14th of the season to put the Pistons up by two. Brady Tatro tipped a Jaret Lalli point shot to make it 3-0.
The Wolverines got one back soon after as James Maxwell scored shortly after with his 7th of the year to shorten the Pistons’ lead back to two.
In the second, a nice passing play on the boards led to Tanner Mole taking the puck at the right faceoff dot, and his wrist shot found the back of the net to restore the three-goal lead. And after the goaltender Stewart gave the puck away behind his own net on a Wolverine power play, Easton Bennett stole the puck and centered it to Tyson McConnell. McConnell buried it in the wide open net to give the Pistons a 5-1 lead after the second.
The Pistons were 1 for 3 on the powerplay, and were a perfect 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.
GULA MOVES INTO SECOND
With his recent tear, Darby Gula moved into 2nd place for points by a defencemen on the Pistons’ all time scoring list.
McKitrick wasn’t the only one debuting tonight, as fellow newcomer Nolan Ferguson suited up in his first game for Steinbach. Head Coach Paul Dyck paired Ferguson up with Jack Lenchyshyn for most of the game.
The Pistons have a quick turnaround as they travel to Neepawa to take on the Natives tomorrow. Steinbach will be looking for a bit of revenge, as they were soundly beaten 6-1 by the Natives back on October 11.