The Pistons came back in the third period to beat the Terriers 6-5 in an OT thriller. Langley Kruggel had the magic stick, scoring the game winner in OT.
The Portage Terriers got on the board first at the 8:59 mark as Ashton Fishley scored his first MJHL goal of his career. Four minutes later Brandon Funk scored for the Portage Terriers to make the lead 2-0.
The Pistons however did not let the Terriers go into the first intermission with a 2-goal lead as Quinton Pepper scored with assists coming from Nate Goodbrandson and Jack Rogers.
The shot totals were pretty much equal after the first period with the Terriers outshooting the Pistons 11-10 and the score 2-1.
The Terriers restored their 2-goal lead quickly, with Austin Mclean scoring just over a minute into the second period. Dawson Milliken answered back 2 minutes later off a feed from Davis Fry to make the score 3-2. The back-and-forth game continued with Logan Calder bringing the Terriers lead back to 2-goals making it 4-2.
Travis Hensrud made sure to keep his hot play going as he scored unassisted with under 4 minutes left in the second period to make the game 4-3. Logan Calder scored his second of the period with 20 seconds left in the period to go into the intermission up 5-3.
The Steinbach Pistons had their work cut out for them going into the third period and got down to business. Quinton Pepper started the comeback back 3 minutes into the period scoring his second goal of the game off a pass from Ethan Johnson.
The game started to look like it was out of reach with the Pistons down one with less than 5 minutes left in the period.
The Pistons got on the powerplay and Hensrud made sure to make no mistake potting his second goal of the game and continuing his hot play. The third period ended with a 5-5 game and was headed to over time.
The OT started off back and forth with both teams getting chances, but each team’s goaltender made sure to close the door.
The Pistons got in the Terriers zone and were cycling the puck when Langley Kruggel took a shot from the top of the circles with just under a minute left in OT, fooling Terriers goalie Chris Fines and winning the game 6-5 for the Steinbach Pistons.