The Steinbach Pistons beat the Winkler Flyers by a score of 4-1 Wednesday evening in a game that the Pistons controlled pretty much right from the beginning.
The Winkler Flyers got on the board first with Troy Hamilton scoring midway through the first period. Hamilton scored from in between the faceoff circles getting it past Pistons’ goaltender Will Hambley.
The Pistons answered back 3-minutes later as Jack Rogers sneaked the puck under Flyers’ goaltender Dylan Meilun’s glove, tying the game up 1-1.
Zach Power scored at the 17:13 mark of the first period to give the Pistons a 2-1 lead and they never looked back. Braden Birnie gave a beautiful pass to Power in front of the net who scored blocker side on Meilun.
The Pistons went into the first intermission up 2-1 with the shot totals 13-7 in favour of the Pistons.
The second period did not see any goals, but the Pistons controlled the flow of play with much of the period in the Flyers end. Both goalies played well turning away all scoring opportunities and keeping the game 2-1.
The Pistons extended their lead to 3-1 in the third period as Zach Power scored his second goal of the game on the powerplay. Power walked in from the right faceoff dot putting it through the pad and the glove of Meilun. Zac Patrick and Jack Rogers got the assists on the play.
The Pistons sealed the victory with Braden Birnie potting the empty netter and securing the 4-1 victory over the Flyers.
“It was a solid effort up and down the lineup” Head Coach and GM Paul Dyck stated. “We were willing to pay the price to make plays necessary to win a game with a lot of physicality in it. We had good pace to our game, and I liked our compete level.”
When asked about some takeaways from tonight’s game Dyck commented, “we bought into playing simple, fast and hard and we showed some real maturity today.”
The Pistons are back at it this Friday in Winnipeg against the Winnipeg Freeze with puck drop set for 8:00pm.