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Pistons Come Out Firing in Lopsided Season Opener

The Pistons started the 2021-2022 MJHL season with a lopsided win, defeating the Selkirk Steelers 10-4.

The Pistons got to work quick as newly named alternate captain Quinton Pepper scored the Pistons first goal of the season just 52 seconds into the game with assists coming from fellow alternate captain Eduard Wruck and Davin Griffin.

The Pistons dynamite penalty kill got to work again as they killed off a double minor hooking infraction committed by forward Dawson Milliken and a tripping penalty by Captain Zac Patrick. Almost immediately after killing off the penalties, 15 seconds later the Pistons took a 2-0 lead as Hunter Degelman scored a goal past Steelers goaltender Cole Plowman.

The Steelers scored later in the period just past the 17-minute mark as Tristan Thompson netted the puck past Pistons goaltender Simon Harkness. At the end of the first period the Pistons were up 2-1.

The Pistons powerplay got to work at the beginning of the second period as forward Dawson Milliken got his second point of the night scoring under two minutes into the period.

The Steelers brought back it back to within one at the 15:48 mark of the period as Matthew Gerke scored an even strength goal with assists coming from Tristan Thompson and Carson Hinkel-Lysak.

The Pistons capped off the second period with a late goal from defencemen Nate Goodbrandson putting the Pistons up 4-2 at the end of the second.

Matthew Gerke got his second goal of the night that also happened to be short-handed as he scored just 44 seconds into the third period. The Steelers seemingly were making a game of it, but it was short lived as Eduard Wruck would score on the powerplay less than a minute later and the Pistons would go onto score 6 unanswered goals.

The next three goals would all be unassisted and happen in a 6-minute span coming from Jack Rogers, Owen Weihs and Dawson Milliken getting his second goal of the game putting the Pistons up 8-3.

The Pistons would go onto score two more goals in the second half of the third period. Quinton Pepper scored his second goal of the game on the powerplay, and David Cote would score his first of the game short-handed.

The Steelers would get one last goal with under a minute left in the game from Matthew Catellier on the powerplay bringing the score to 10-4.

The shot totals were even at 37 a piece and the game saw the Pistons go 3/8 on the PP and the Steelers go 1/6.

The Pistons look to keep this momentum going as they have their home opener tonight September 18, at T.G. Smith Centre with puck drop at 7:30 pm.