For the second straight game at the TG Smith Centre, the Steinbach Pistons had to settle their game in a shootout. This time they came out on the right side as Codey Behun netted the shootout winner to beat the Dauphin Kings 3-2 Friday night.
Behun also scored a goal for the Pistons along with Christian Riemer, while Matt Lenz continued his rock-solid play with a 28 save performance.
This outing was a makeup game that was originally scheduled for October 12th but was postponed due to the winter storm that rocked Manitoba that weekend. For the Pistons, it was their first game in a week and they came out strong in the first period.
Riemer netted his first goal as a Piston off of a faceoff play as he beat screened Dauphin netminder Matthias Smith with 3:31 to go in the first, with Rylan Clemons and Troy Beauchemin grabbing the assists.
The Pistons controlled the Kings for much of the first half of the game, but ran into penalty problems in the latter stages of the second period. Having killed off three minor penalties, Steinbach couldn’t kill off a fourth as Nakodan Greyeyes notched a rebound goal with 42 seconds left in the period to level the game at 1.
Steinbach would take the lead back as Kyle Bettens found Behun all alone in the slot, and the Pistons’ leading goal scorer rifled the puck into the back of the net for his 7th of the season. Max Neill notched his first assist on the year at the 1:47 mark of the third period.
The Pistons held the Kings at bay until the team took a too many men bench minor, which Dauphin quickly capitalized on. Greyeyes found Grady Hobbs out in front and the Kings forward beat Lenz in tight for the equalizer with under five minutes to play.
After overtime couldn’t solve anything, Steinbach found themselves behind the eight-ball as Greyeyes beat Lenz five-hole in the second round. But Carter Loney responded with a nifty backhander past Smith top shelf. After Baron Thompson was stopped by Lenz, Behun skated in and beat Smith between the wickets to give Steinbach the win.
Dauphin controlled special teams play tonight, as the Pistons went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Kings connected twice on six attempts.
UP NEXT: The Pistons are right back at it tomorrow night to wrap up Miller Day festivities with a matchup against the Selkirk Steelers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm, and any current Miller players get into the game for free if they wear their Miller jersey!