The Steinbach Pistons came away with a 4-3 win in shootout Friday evening versus the Neepawa Titans.
The Neepawa Titans opened the scoring at the 6:27 mark of the first period as the puck trickled in behind Pistons’ goaltender Will Hambley. Jaegar Lapointe was accredited the goal with the assists going to Josh Romanyk and Connor Brust.
The Pistons tied it up 2 minutes later with a very similar goal as the puck trickled in behind Titans’ goaltender Emerik Demers. Jack Rogers got the goal with the assist coming from Cooper Rice.
The first period ended with it tied 1-1 and the shot totals 10-8 for the Titans.
The second period didn’t see too much offence as both goalies turned away all scoring chances and kept the game tied 1-1.
Davin Griffin gave the Pistons their first lead of the game as he jammed the puck into the net with Jack Rogers and Zac Patrick getting the assists.
The Pistons midway through the third period got a golden opportunity to extend their lead as Titans player Brayden Michalchuk was assessed a 4-minute minor for high sticking. The Pistons made sure to capitalize on the power play as Davin Griffin scored his second of the game off a beautiful pass from Jack Rogers with Cooper Rice getting the secondary assist.
The Titans didn’t let this game get away however, as Connor Brust scored with a nice wrist shot at the 12:39 mark to make the game 3-2.
Jaegar Lapointe got his second goal of the game with a nice tap in from Dallon Wilton and Camden Smith to tie the game 3-3.
The game went to OT but that wouldn’t solve anything as both teams had some good scoring chances but could not get the puck in the net.
The first shooter in the shootout for the Titans was Kieran Thiessen who scored blocker side with a nice wrist shot. Neo Kiemeney was up for the Pistons who scored off a slick move and snuck the puck through the five-hole making the shootout 1-1.
The goalies started to settle in as they both made multiple stops in a row forcing the shootout to continue. Travis Hensrud was up with the chance the finish the game and he did just that. Hensrud scored off a nice shot going blocker side and securing the 4-3 win for the Steinbach Pistons.