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Pistons Complete Weekend Sweep, Move Into 2nd Place

Matt Radomsky made 16 saves for his fifth shutout of the season as the Steinbach Pistons moved into second place in the MJHL standings with a 2-0 win over the Waywayseecappo Wolverines Sunday night.

In the process, the Pistons completed a weekend sweep with three wins over OCN on Friday, and Saturday and tonight’s game over the Wolverines.

Playing without Nico Labossiere and Brendan Westbrook who are both nursing lower body injuries, the Pistons struck first in the opening period. Jack Kilroy freed the puck up for Tristan Culleton, and Culleton threw a point shot on goal that was blocked. Brendan Martin picked up the puck which was caught up in a Wayway defender’s skate, and roofed it past Isaac Labelle for a 1-0 lead. Martin notched his 26thof the season, which places him tied for 2nd in the MJHL in goals scored and 4thin league scoring with 51 points.

Radomsky and the Pistons defense locked down the Wolverines all night, with Wayway only getting maybe two or three quality chances the entire game.

It came down to the final few seconds in the third period with Labelle pulled for the extra attacker. The puck was cleared to Radomsky behind the goal, and the Pistons tender went for the open net. Wayway forward Jaymes Knee picked off the puck in the slot, but Steinbach knocked it away from his stick.

Troy Williams picked up the puck and cleared it to Riley Vautour in the neutral zone, and Vautour sealed the sweep with eight seconds to go to give Steinbach a 2-0 lead. For the new Pistons forward, the empty netter gives him his first goal as a Piston and his 10th goal of the season.

WEEKEND MILESTONES

Radomsky picked up his 50thMJHL win on Friday night, while he picked up his 14thcareer shutout in tonight’s win. Pistons defenceman Troy Williams played in his 250thcareer Junior A game on Saturday.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Both teams were 0 for 5 on the power play.

UP NEXT: The Pistons begin a five game homestand on Wednesday night when the Virden Oil Capitals come to town for a 7:30 pm matchup. Catch all the action live on HockeyTV.