Courtesy of TheCarillon.com – Written by Terry Frey
It was not the outcome the Steinbach Pistons were hoping for, a 4-3 loss to the Selkirk Steelers Friday night at Selkirk in the first of three games in three nights for the Pistons this weekend.
The Steelers, who improved to 8-7 on the season, are an improved team this year which they demonstrated by beating both Winkler and Steinbach this week.
Friday’s game was a nail biter from the beginning as it was tied 1-1 and 2-2 at the period breaks. Hayden Goderis, with his second of the game, gave the Pistons a 3-2 lead three minutes into the third. But Bradley Reichardt tied it for the Steelers on the powerplay with six minutes remaining and then Riley Derlago netted the winner with 3:34 left in regulation.
Jordan Bochinski scored for the Pistons in the second. Steinbach outshot Selkirk 27-26 as Roman Bengert took the loss in net for the Pistons. The two goals by Goderis moved him into 10th in league scoring with six goals and 20 points in 16 games this season.
Steinbach’s record falls to 10-5-1, and are now two points back of the third place Winnipeg Blues, who throttled the Dauphin Kings 7-3 last night. But the Pistons have three games in hand on the Blues.
There was a big upset in the MJHL last night as the Swan Valley Stampeders edged the Portage Terriers 4-3. It was only the second loss of the season for the Terriers.
The Pistons host the second place Winkler Flyers (12-4-1) tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Steinbach and then close out the weekend Sunday night at the MTS Iceplex in a 6:30 p.m. start against the Winnipeg Blues.