A balanced scoring effort and a strong performance by goaltender Evan Robert was the difference as the Neepawa Natives defeated the Steinbach Pistons 6-1 on Wednesday night at the Yellowhead Recreation Complex.
Robert stopped 33 of the 34 Pistons shots he faced in net, while his counterpart Matt Radomsky made 30 saves on the night.
The lone highlight from the Pistons came early in the first period, as recent call-up Tristen Robins scored his first MJHL goal in his first game to open up the scoring. The lone assist on the play went to Drew Anderson.
It was all downhill from that point, as the Natives scored the game’s remaining 6 goals. Breaden Binda scored the winner late in the first period, with assists from Brett Namaka and Jordan Martin, who had three assists on the night.
Special teams play was also a big factor, as the Natives converted 3 goals on 5 power play chances, while the Pistons went 0-6 on the night.
Steinbach hopes to get back in the win column on Friday, as they host the beginning of a home and home stint against the Winnipeg Blues.
Friday night’s tilt can be heard on Mix 96, as well as Steinbachonline.com.