Pistons Reign Supreme Over Kings

Courtesy of Steinbachonline.com

Getting a hat trick is special and rare but getting a hat trick while scoring a power play goal, an even strength goal and a shorthanded goal is incredibly rare but that’s just what Quintin Lisoway did on Saturday night, lifting the Steinbach Pistons to a 5-3 win over the Dauphin Kings.

The Pistons now have three wins in a row and all wins came away from TG Smith Centre. “We wanted to right the ship this week,” said head coach Paul Dyck via text on the bus ride home from Dauphin, “the guys were determined to do that. It feels good to go on the road for three games and come back with 6 points.”

Lisoway led the way scoring wise with three goals and an assist. Dyck talked about the 20 year old forward. “Quintin is looking more comfortable each game and had quite a night. He has a great shot and has been using it more and getting rewarded”

Hayden Goderis was an assist away from the Gordie Howe Hat Trick but did have a goal and a fight in the game, the other goal was scored by Mack Graham. Ryan Carlson, Tyler Penner and Daniel Taillefer were credited with assists.

Steinbach continues to make teams pay for taking penalties going 3 for 5 on the man advantage and are first in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League with 33.85% success rate. The penalty kill hit a few more speed bumps surrendering all 3 goals against, finishing 3-8 and have a mere 71.43% success rate on the PK which is not last in the MJHL but it is 10th out of 11 teams. Dyck believes the kill will improve and soon. “We believe our PK will turn the corner. It’s been a combination of a few unlucky bounces and errors in execution. The players on the penalty kill are not happy with the numbers so far and are working to improves them.”

Jeremy Wik stood tall making 19 saves on the night. “Some saves were key tonight,” said Dyck about the Naperville, IL. product, “We are working toward minimizing the bigger defensive breakdowns and offering more support for our goaltenders. An improvement in our goals against need to be a collective effort and we made strides this week which was very positive.”

A big game looms for the Pistons as the first place Portage Terriers will be making their way to Steinbach on Wednesday night. It also happens to be Pink in the Rink where the Pistons will wear – and then auction off – special pink jerseys. As a coach, Dyck is excited about the game and knows his players are too. “The team is definitely looking forward to Wednesday. We are finally back on home ice and facing the 1st place team. The Terriers will obviously be a good test for us. The Pink in the Rink game is always a highlight for us and hopefully we are able to raise a fair amount of money on Wednesday for a great cause.”

Get more details about Pink in the Rink and the jersey auction here: http://www.steinbachpistons.ca/news_article/show/567073?referrer_id=1546097

 Pistons vs Terriers will be on AM1250 radio and steinbachonline.com with the pregame show at 7:15pm and puck drop at 7:30pm.