The Steinbach Pistons and Selkirk Steelers started the preseason with a goal filled rookie game that saw the Pistons come out on top 8-6.
Selkirk opened the scoring midway through the first with a goal from Nolan Anderson getting it past Piston’s prospect goaltender Colin Wiebe. The Pistons answered back quickly with two goals of their own both from Bryce Warkentine and closed out the first period up 2-1.
The second period was filled with grit and old-fashion hockey seeing its fair share of penalties and scrums post whistle. The Steelers answered on the score sheet with two goals to go up one midway through the second period. Bryce Warkentine didn’t let that lead last long as he completed the hat-trick on the power play at 14:23 with an assist from Kaycee Coyle.
The goals got poured on in the third as the back-and-forth contest continued. The scoring for the Pistons started to spread out as there was five goals from five different players. Selkirk scored early at the 2:35 mark to go up one. Kaycee Coyle made sure to answer quickly, tying the game up again 5 minutes later at the 8-minute mark. Coyle’s goal was the first that then lead on to be four unanswered goals for the Pistons coming from Marc-Antoine Ducharme, and two hometown boys Ty Paisley and Job Peters. The Steelers still had some fight in them scoring two quick goals at the 17:32 mark and 17:59 mark to bring it to within one making it 7-6. With the Selkirk net empty Luke Mistelbacher put the nail in the coffin and closed out the game for a Pistons 8-6 win.
The Pistons look forward to their next pre season game this Friday, September 3 versus the Winkler Flyers featuring the main camp rosters. It is a home game at T.G. Smith Arena at 7:30pm.