The Steinbach Pistons beat the Selkirk Steelers by a score of 7-0, Monday afternoon with the TG Smith Centre at full capacity for the first time since March 2020.
The Pistons opened the scoring at the 1:46 mark of the first period as Jack Rogers jammed the puck past Hunter Tarves to go up 1-0. Steinbach extended their lead to 2-0 at the 14:28 mark as Zach Power potted the loose puck over Tarves glove from Pepper and Birnie.
Travis Hensrud gave the Pistons a 3-0 lead with exactly a minute left shorthanded off a Selkirk turnover in front of the net. Tarves saved the first shot, but Hensrud got the rebound and made no mistake the second time.
The Pistons went into the first intermission up 3-0 with the shot totals 15-13 for the Pistons.
Steinbach got to work quickly in the second period as Braden Birnie ripped the puck blocker side 45 seconds in, scoring on the powerplay from Pepper and Power.
Ty Paisley made the game 5-0 off a nice feed from Pepper and Cote at the 4:24 mark of the second period.
Zach Power got his second goal of the game with just under 5-minutes remaining in the second period. With a beautiful passing play, Quinton Pepper came into the zone on a 3 on 2, passing it to Braden Birnie who set up Power beautifully on the doorstep with a tap in goal.
Steinbach was up 6-0 after two periods of play with the shot totals 26-20 in favour of the Pistons.
Travis Hensrud finished off the scoring for the Pistons putting them up 7-0, putting in the rebound with Ty Paisley and Jack Rogers getting the assists on the goal.
Will Hambley secured the 28 save shutout and the Pistons routed the Steelers 7-0.
The Pistons get back at it this Friday evening, facing off against the Winnipeg Blues in Steinbach at 7:30pm.