The Steinbach Pistons beat the OCN Blizzard by a score of 7-4 Sunday evening at the TG Smith Centre.
The first period saw some good back and forth action but neither team was able to get on the score sheet. The Pistons had two powerplay opportunities but could not capitalize on the chances.
Steinbach opened the scoring 17 seconds into the second period. Josh Nelson put the puck on net with Landon Roberts finding the rebound and tapping it home to make it 1-0.
The Pistons made it 2-0 just over 8-minutes later. Leo Chambers entered the zone with a 3 on 2 and found Spencer Penner wide open out front who tapped it into the open net.
The Blizzard answered back with Alex Bernauer scoring an even strength and powerplay goal just over a minute apart to tie the game up at 2.
However, Steinbach would restore the lead again 45 seconds later. Ian Amsbaugh found Nick Mikan at the side of the net, who has now scored in 4 consecutive games.
OCN would once again tie the game with a powerplay goal. Riley Zimmerman jammed the puck into the net with a flurry in front to make it 3-3.
After two periods of play the game was tied 3-3 with the shot totals 25-20 for the Pistons.
Steinbach would regain the one goal lead early in the third on a 5 on 3 powerplay. Warren Clark skated with the puck towards the high slot, dishing it off to Travis Hensrud at the left faceoff dot who one timed the puck past Chase Hamm and into the net.
Steinbach would extend their lead to 2-goals just over a minute later with another powerplay goal. Davin Griffin found Davis Fry going towards the net who wristed the puck past Hamm in the slot to make it 5-3.
The Pistons would extend the lead to 6-3, scoring 3 goals in under 2-minutes. Ian Amsbaugh got the puck from Leo Chambers at the point and put it high blocker side past Hamm.
OCN would bring the game back to within two with a goal on the powerplay. Ryan Zimmerman wrung the puck off the post which would then bounce off of Dominik Wasik’s back and into the net to make it 6-4.
The Pistons restored the 3-goal lead at the 17:36 mark of the third period. Davis Fry put a puck on net with Dawson Milliken crashing the net for the rebound and slipping past the Blizzard defence and putting it past Hamm.
The Blizzard almost got a late goal to make it 7-5, but the puck hit the post and came back out with Wasik falling on it to keep the game 7-4.
Steinbach went on to secure the 7-4 win over the Blizzard, making it 5 wins in a row.