Penner comes up big for Pistons

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The surging Steinbach Pistons destroyed the Swan Valley Stampeders 7-2 in MJHL action Friday night in Steinbach as the Pistons rolled to their fifth straight victory.

This game was no contest from the opening face-off as the Pistons took a 2-0 lead in the first, outshooting the Stampeders 23-6 in the period, and extended their lead to 5-0 after 40 minutes. The Pistons outshot Swan Valley 54-21 in all.


Tyler Penner paced the Pistons with two goals and three assists while Cole Smith also netted a pair. Defenceman James Shearer and Dan Taillefer continued their strong play as they each had a goal and two assists. Matthieu Gomercic rounded out the Steinbach scoring in front of 950 fans at Centennial Arena.

Back-to-back minor penalties by Steinbach’s Joe Carney led to both Swan Valley goals early in the third as Jordie Valentino beat Roman Bengert with powerplay goals at 2:20 and 3:54.

The Pistons, now 5-1 on the season, are tied for second place in the MJHL standings with the Portage Terriers, a point behind the leading Winkler Flyers.

Elsewhere in the MJHL Friday night: Winkler edged Winnipeg 3-2, Selkirk outscored Dauphin 9-7, Neepawa downed OCN and Wawyway got by Virden by identical 2-1 scores.

The Steinbach Pistons next see action Tuesday night as they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Blues in a 7:00 p.m. start at the MTS Iceplex.