The Steinbach Pistons opened the second half of the 2021-2022 season with a 6-3 win over the Waywayseecappo Wolverines Sunday evening.
Before puck drop, Pistons goaltender Will Hambley was recognized as the player of the month for December. In December Hambley had a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.40 GAA, 0.958 SV % and 2 shutouts.
The Pistons opened the scoring midway through the first period with a goal coming on the power play. This would be their first of four power play goals, going 4/6 throughout the game. Ty Paisley scored a beautiful goal putting over Wolverine’s goaltender Liam Tereposky’s shoulder from a sharp angle. Davis Fry and Langley Kruggel got the assists on the play.
At the 15:16 mark of the first period the Pistons would extend their lead to 2-0 on the power play as Neo Kiemeny got a nice deflection off Dawson Milliken’s shot. Ty Paisley was awarded the secondary assist on the play.
At the end of the first period Steinbach was up 2-0 with the shot totals 14-10 in their favour.
The Wolverines would tie it up however, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the second period, both coming from Kolton Shindle.
The Pistons would bounce back as Ty Paisley scored his second goal of the game with the lone assist from Langley Kruggel putting them up 3-2.
Ethan Johnson restored the 2-goal lead at the 8:52 mark as he took a shot from the point through traffic, not even giving Tereposky a chance to see it.
The Wolverines would not shy away as Lonan Bulger would make the game 4-3 with 6 and half minutes left in the second period with a snipe of a shot from the point.
Steinbach would add one more marker before the end of the period yet again on the power play as Neo Kiemeney tipped a shot from Langley Kruggel, squeaking it through the five hole, putting the Pistons up 5-3. Kruggel and Fry both capped off their 3 assist nights after assisting this goal.
The Pistons were up 4-3 at the end of the second period with the shot totals 25-24 for the Pistons.
Waywayseecappo midway through the third period took two bad penalties, a double minor for kneeing and 2 minutes later a tripping penalty letting the red-hot Pistons power play get back to work.
The Pistons would waste no time and cap off their 6-goal night with Cooper Rice scoring off a slick feed from Eduard Wruck. Braden Birnie got the secondary assist on the goal which was his first point as a Steinbach Piston in his first game.
The Steinbach Pistons won the game 6-3 with the shot totals 33-32 in favour of the Wolverines.