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It was a must win game for the Steinbach Pistons and they came out with their most complete effort of the postseason when they needed it most, winning 4-1 over the Winkler Flyers Sunday night at the T.G. Smith Centre.
All four lines, all six defensemen and goalie Roman Bengert played solid securing the victory. Head coach Paul Dyck juggled the lines and they all seemed to click, notably the Quintin Lisoway, Cole Smith and Dan Taillefer line which combined for 7 points.
Again the Pistons gave up the first goal of the game, this time on the power play to once again Tristian Keck. However, Steinbach answered back quickly on a deflection in front by Cole Smith with assists going to Eddie Eades and Quintin Lisoway. The period would end in a 1-1 draw.
Just a minute and a half into the second frame, a good hard working shift by Smith freed the puck up to Lisoway, who made no mistake firing it home on the short side giving Steinbach a 2-1 lead.
Later in the period on another good point shot from Eades, a scramble in front formed where no one could seemingly find the puck. Eventually, Hayden Goderis snuck it home giving Steinbach a little breathing room heading into the third 3-1.
Lisoway would get his second of the game from Taillefer and Smith sealing the 4-1 final.
Roman Bengert played solid again making 21 stops for the win. Steinbach had 37 shots on goal and hit 6 goal posts. The power play had great puck control but not many great scoring chances, finishing 0-2 and the penalty kill finished 2-3.
Steinbach still trails in the series but have momentum heading into game 6 on Tuesday in Winkler. The Pistons have yet to win on the road in this series but will look to do just that in a hostile environment which was sold out and loud for game 4 and it promises to be just like that again for game 6. The game will be on SteinbachOnline.com and AM1250 Radio with the pre-game show on at 7:15 pm and puck drop at 7:30 pm.