The Steinbach Pistons almost comeback was thwarted by the Dauphin Kings Friday evening as they fell 6-4 to the Kings.
The Pistons opened the scoring at the 2:36 mark of the first period. Travis Hensrud put a puck on net with Hunter Degelman finding the loose puck out front and putting it into the open net to make it 1-0.
The Kings would tie it up 4-minutes later with a powerplay goal. Jamie Valentino set Owen Wareham up with a one timer from the point who got it past Wasik to make it 1-1.
59 seconds later the Kings would add another one to take a 2-1 lead. Deepkaran Hans stole the puck from Ian Amsbaugh and got it to Myles Yearwood who then put it on net and snuck it past Wasik and into the back of the net.
Just over halfway through the first period the Kings would extend their lead to 3-1. Mason Smith got the puck to Blake Boudreau who drove to the net. Boudreau backhanded a puck on Wasik who stopped the first shot, but Boudreau got his own rebound and scored on the second effort.
The Pistons would answer back quickly, making it 3-2 just 13-seconds later. Parker Jasper put a puck on net from the point with Landon Roberts tipping it in the high slot and past Cole Sheffield.
The Pistons would go into the first intermission down 3-2 with the shot totals 13-10 for the Kings.
The Kings would restore the 2-goal lead just over 4-minutes into the second period. Jakob Brook entered the Pistons zone on a 2 on 0 and put it over the glove of Wasik to make it 4-2.
Dauphin would get another goal later in the second period to make it 5-2. Deepkaran Hans got the puck off the sideboards and put it blocker side on Wasik from the right faceoff dot and in the back of the net. The Pistons would switch goalies after the 5th goal as Cole Plowman would replace Dominik Wasik.
Steinbach would go into the second intermission down 5-2 with the shot totals 29-22 for the Kings.
Steinbach would start to claw their way back by scoring four and a half minutes into the third period. Travis Hensrud stole the puck in the offensive zone and ripped it on net from the slot to make it 5-3.
The Pistons would bring the game to within one goal just 40 seconds later with a Dawson Milliken goal. Landon Roberts and Dawson Milliken entered the Kings end on a two on one with Roberts finding Milliken who squeaked it through Sheffield as he was falling to make it 5-4.
The Pistons would battle hard to find that equalizer goal and had a golden opportunity late with a powerplay in the final three minutes but could not capitalize. Dauphin would seal the victory with an empty netter to make it 6-4.