Pistons Win For 30th Time This Season

Courtesy of TheCarillon.com

Rolling along on another impressive Manitoba Junior Hockey League campaign, the Steinbach Pistons recorded their 30th victory of the season Sunday night with a 5-3 triumph over the OCN Blizzard.

The second place Pistons are now 30-9-2 on the season, still 10 points back of the leading Portage Terriers, although the Pistons have two games in hand on the Terriers. The Blizzard fell to 16-26-2.


Last night’s victory over the Blizzard was the second straight this weekend as the Pistons also edged the Blizzard 4-3 on Saturday.

This game was also essentially a 4-3 contest until Jordan Bochinski scored an empty netter as the Blizzard proved to be a tough opponent in the two-game series in Steinbach.

The two games were also similar in how they played out as the Pistons skated to period leads of 2-1 and 3-2 in both games and again last night the Blizzard tied it in the third before Dan Taillefer scored the winner 7:47 into the third. Taillefer’s goal, his 12th of the season, was his 50th point of the year, fifth in the MJHL scoring race.

Jordan Bochinski, Bradley Schoonbaert and Robert Briem each had a goal and an assist for the Pistons while defenceman Matthew Stanley also connected for the winners, his second of the season.

The Pistons outshot the Blizzard 52-35, including 26-11 in the first period alone but Blizzard netminder Emilien Boily kept his team in the game. Jeremy Wik had a strong game between the pipes for the Pistons as he made 32 saves,

The Pistons are now idle until the weekend when they will be busy with three three games in three nights as they host Virden on Friday and Dauphin Saturday and Sunday.