Codey Behun capped a Pistons comeback with a power play goal in overtime as Steinbach defeated the Waywayseecappo Wolverines 4-3 in their final game at the 2019 MJHL Showcase.
Matt Lenz stays unbeaten in regulation as he picked up the win making 19 saves. Wolverines starter Thomson Phinney was tagged with the loss, and he also had a 19 save performance.
The first period was not so good for the Pistons, as the Wolverines notched three goals in the frame and dominated Steinbach 12-2 on the shot clock.
The Pistons clearly came out motivated for the second period, and their much maligned power play got them on the board thanks to some penalty problems by Waywayseecappo. On an extended 5-on-3 man advantage, Rylan Bettens beat Phinney in the slot for his second goal of the season at the five minute mark.
The Pistons continued to press in the period, and hard work by newly acquired Jackson Kobelka created a huge scramble in front of the Wayway net with six minutes to go. The puck squirted out to the blue line where Curtis Ireland would step into a huge clapper that beat a screened Phinney to pull Steinbach to within one goal. Kobelka would pick up the lone assist on Ireland’s first of the season.
Steinbach tied the game early in the third period, as good work by David Queree freed the puck up for Evan Kaufman. His point shot was tipped in by Jack Kilroy for his second goal of the season three minutes into the third period.
Midway through the third period, rookie forward Carter Loney and Wolverines captain Nick Doyle got into a disagreement and dropped the gloves. Loney would more than hold his own versus the Wayway skipper, as the Wolverines would be without their top defenceman for the remainder of the game.
It would come back to haunt Wayway in overtime when Alex Lucken tripped Kyle Bettens in their own zone. Without their leader on the kill, Steinbach would take advantage as Bettens found Behun cross-ice, and he showcased his lethal wrister that beat Phinney’s glove to end the game. Tanner Mole would pick up the extra apple on Behun’s 3rd goal of the season.
The Pistons power play finally got on the board in this game, connecting twice on five man advantage opportunities. Waywayseecappo would go 1 for 2 for the game.
UP NEXT: Steinbach will head back out on the road this weekend as a rematch with the Wolverines is set for Saturday night in Waywayseecappo. Puck drop is at 7:30 pm, catch the game live on HockeyTV.