Nine different Pistons had multi-point nights as Steinbach responded after a tough loss last night to trounce the Selkirk Steelers 9-1 Sunday night in the House of Steel.
Bryce Young led the way with a goal and two assists, while Kasyn Kruse netted his first three points as a Piston with three helpers. Call-up Nik Anderson stood tall in the Steinbach net with 24 saves in goal. Selkirk netminder Levi Mitchell gave up 5 goals on 13 shots, and back-up Austin Deboer stopped 14 of 18 shots in relief.
Young got the scoring started as he beat Mitchell over the blocker 5:41 into the contest. Dylan Cassie and Ty Naaykens had the assists on Young’s 7th goal of the season.
Troy Beauchemin would double the Pistons lead on a rebound goal in front of Mitchell, with David Queree and Kasyn Kruse getting the assists on Beauchemin’s 4th on the campaign with 4:54 to go in period 1.
Nik Anderson stopped all 11 shots his way in the first period, including a highlight reel save with his left arm while lying down in the crease to take a goal away from a Selkirk forward.
Steinbach poured it on in the second period with three goals in the first six minutes. Tanner Mole continued his hot streak when he beat Mitchell in front 1:54 into the frame, with Young picking up the apple. Rylan Bettens would give the Pistons a 4-0 lead on the power play when he walked out from the corner and beat Mitchell shortside at 4:29, as Kyle Bettens and Codey Behun assisted on Rylan’s 8th of the year.
Zach Purcell capped the scoring in the frame at 5:54 as he potted home a loose puck after some nifty dangles by Kasyn Kruse. Joey Dosan would add the secondary assist on Purcell’s first of two goals on the night.
Selkirk would break Anderson’s shutout bid 36 seconds into the third period on a goal by Hudson Chamberlin. But the Pistons would continue the pressure in the final 10 minutes of the game. Purcell would notch his second of the night and 12th of the season as he beat Deboer to a loose puck and fired it into the open cage with 8:35 to go.
Kyle and Rylan Bettens would hook up again on a 2-on-1 rush, and Kyle beat Deboer to the backhand for his 12th of the season with 5:28 left.
Graham added a goal on the power play with 1:27 to go for his third of the season, with Young and Max Neill getting the assists. And Neill would conclude the onslaught with a wraparound goal for his 8th on the campaign from Kruse and Dosan with 57 seconds to play.
Steinbach goes 2 for 3 on the power play and killed off all four Selkirk power plays.
UP NEXT: The Pistons continue their four-game road trip on Wednesday night against the Neepawa Natives at 7:30 pm. Catch the game live on HockeyTV and on MIX 96.7 with Dave Anthony on the call