Courtesy of Steinbachonline.com – Written by Dave Anthony
At one point, it looked like a runaway game for the Steinbach Pistons but the Selkirk Steelers battled back, and it took a goal with just 1:28 remaining to seal the victory for Steinbach in their second to last pre-season game.
Pistons forward Jordan Bochinski was not in the lineup and filed this report from Selkirk.
The Pistons got an early lead on a goal by Bradley Schoonbaert.
At the start of the second, it was youngster Drew Anderson who put the Steelers in an even deeper hole. After a dumped in puck was hounded down by Julien Koga, the speedy forward made a great pass to Anderson out front, and he made no mistake, giving Steinbach a 2-0 lead. When asked about his game, Anderson responded “I played pretty good. My linemates Koga and (Will) Koop definitely made the game a lot easier.” Koga scored a goal late in the second giving the Pistons a 3-0 lead heading into the final period.
The Steelers would come back and tie the game 3-3, but a nice rush led by Tyler Anderson finished off by Mackenzie Graham on a juicy rebound that sealed the deal for the Pistons.
As an exciting time for some and nervous time for others has almost come to an end, Portage native Drew Anderson also talks about his time in Steinbach so far. “My experience has been great. My billet family is amazing, the organization is very good, and it feels like family.”
Roman Bengert started and didn’t give up a goal. Josh Weber took over midway through the second period.
Power play 1 for 7 and penalty kill 3 for 5 and fin shots on goal 30-28 Steinbach.
The Pistons will wrap up their exhibition schedule (Saturday) evening at home when they face the same Selkirk Steelers. Puck drop is at 7:30pm.