The Steinbach Pistons came out flat against the Winnipeg Blues and never really got things going in what turned out to be a 5-3 loss on Saturday night.
The teams traded chances early in the first but it was the Blues that were the only team to make a dent in the scoreboard 1-0 after the first.
In the middle period, Steinbach’s Bradley Schoonbaert converted for his 15th goal of the season after deflecting home a Troy Williams point shot while Declan Graham also picked up an assist on the 1-1 goal.
The Blues thundered right back and notched three straight to end the period up 4-1.
Early in the third, the power play for Steinbach got the team right back into the game as Will Koop snapped home a lose puck in the slot to make it 4-2. Teams top scorer Mack Graham and Schoonbaert added the assists. For Schoonbaert, he now has 8 points in the past three games.
Later in the third, Steinbach was gifted another an advantage but it was Winnipeg that capitalized on a short handed rush to make it 5-2. The Pistons made it a little closer later on another power play as a point shot from Ryan Carlson hit Tyson McConnell and deflected into the net to make it 5-3. McConnell now has two goals in his past two games.
The horn sounded and the Pistons three game winning streak was snapped.
For Steinbach, a team that started with 13 straight wins, in their past 13 games have a record of 8-4-1 and have a league best 43 points and impressively own a goal differential of +54.
Steinbach will finish the month of November on the road against the Portage Terriers. Wednesday night’s game will be the first trip to Portage for Steinbach this season. The game will be broadcast on Mix 96 and on SteinbachOnline.com with the pre game show at 7:15pm with a 7:30pm puck drop.