It’s been three straight winning Wednesdays for the Steinbach Pistons, as the blue and white defeated the Portage Terriers 5-1 Wednesday night at the TG Smith Centre.
Matt Radomsky made 24 saves in another solid performance in goal for Steinbach. Counterpart Nathan Moore stopped 38 of 43 Pistons shots in the loss. With the win, the Pistons have leapfrogged the Terriers and now sit alone atop the MJHL standings.
Portage got the first goal of the game with 53 seconds to go in the first period, as Jacob Brown buried his 5th of the season for a 1-0 lead. Reece Henry and Peyton Gorski had the assists on the goal.
MJHL leading scorer Brady Tatro quickly responded just 29 seconds later, as he grabbed a rebound off of his own shot and put it past the glove of Moore to tie the game up. Brendan Martin and Tristan Culleton had the assists on Tatro’s 10th of the season.
The Pistons took the lead in the second period, as Boedey Vaeth continued his hot play by burying his 7th of the season to give Steinbach a 2-1 lead. Troy Williams and Tatro had the assists as Vaeth now has a point in 8 of his last 9 games.
Tanner Mole got his first of two on the night as he deftly deflected a Tristan Culleton point shot past Moore to give the Pistons a 3-1 advantage with 6:49 to go in the second. Captain Tyson McConnell had the bonus assist on the play.
Brendan Martin made it one goal apiece from the Pistons top line, as he notched his 11th of the year from Vaeth and Tatro to give Steinbach a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
The Pistons shut down the Terriers in the final frame, not allowing any Portage forward the middle of the ice. Mole concluded the scoring for Steinbach, as his power play goal with 5:59 to go gave Steinbach a 5-1 lead. McConnell and Liam Anderson had the apples on Mole’s 8th goal of the season.
The Pistons were 1 for 4 with the man advantage, and killed off all 5 Portage power plays faced.
UP NEXT: These two teams will square off again on Saturday night at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie. The Pistons and the Terriers will face off again on November 7th in Steinbach, meaning that these two teams will have played against each other five times in four weeks.