The Steinbach Pistons beat the Dauphin Kings by a score of 4-2 Friday evening on BSI Toy Drive Night. The Pistons were pleased to have representatives from the Ukrainian national hockey team in attendance and partake in the ceremonial puck drop.
Travis Hensrud opened the scoring at the 6:37 mark on a highlight reel goal, getting around the Kings defenceman and scoring short side. Davis Fry and Bryce Kilbourne got the assists on the play.
The remainder of the first period was filled with some good hockey with both teams getting good scoring chances. Pistons goaltender Will Hambley looked great, stopping some amazing chances by the Kings.
At the end of the first period the Pistons were up 1-0 with the shot totals 19-9 in favour of the Kings.
The second period saw some more good scoring chances on both sides, but neither team could get it past the opposing teams goalie.
Zac Patrick extended the Pistons lead to 2-0 just 27 seconds into the third period on the power play off a nice shot from the point that Carson Cherepak couldn’t see through the screen. Nate Goodbrandson and Jack Rogers got the assists on the play.
Kaden Bryant for the Dauphin Kings brought the game to within 1 on the power play 4 minutes later as he put in the rebound on an open net.
Jack Rogers restored the Pistons 2 goal lead 5 minutes later as he snuck the puck past Cherepak with Cooper Rice and Davin Griffin getting the assists.
With under a minute to go Travis Hensrud got the Pistons 4th goal of the game putting them up 4-1 with an empty netter.
Garret Hrechka got one last goal for the Kings 17 seconds later off a turnover in the offensive zone to finish the game 4-2.
Will Hambley played amazing all game, stopping many great scoring chances, and making 45/47 saves, earning him first star honours.
The Pistons get back at it tomorrow night in Dauphin versus the Kings with puck drop set for 7:30pm.
The Pistons would also like to congratulate Jack Rogers on being named player of the month for November where he got 15 points (6 goals and 9 assists) in 10 games.