Courtesy of TheCarillon.com
Tit for tat. After losing 5-2 to the Winkler Flyers on the opening night of the MJHL regular season Friday night in Steinbach, the Steinbach Pistons returned the favour in the return match-up Saturday night in Winkler as the Pistons scored a 6-2 victory.
After Jeremy Wik surrendered five goals in the season opener, Pistons’ coach Paul Dyck inserted Roman Bengert into the nets for the second half of this home and home season opening series, and it had the desired effect as Bengert made 30 saves to backstop the Pistons to victory.
The Pistons led 4-2 after the opening period and then scored the only two goals of the final frame. Steinbach was led by a pair of local veterans as Dan Taillefer had a four-point outing on a goal and three asissts while Denis Bosc scored twice and set up a third. Cole Smith, Luke Amsbough and Mackenzie Graham rounded out the Steinbach scoring while Brad Schoonbaert picked up three assists.
Winkler outshot Steinbach 32-30 in the contest.
Elsewhere last night in day two of the MJHL opening weekend, the Winnipeg Blues smacked the Selkirk Steelers 6-1, Swan Valley edged Waywaseecapo 3-2, and the Neepawa Natives, now 2-0, dumped the Dauphin Kings by a 5-2 score for the second night in a row.
The Pistons are now idle until the MJHL Showcase this coming weekend at the MTS Iceplex as they will face Wayway Friday at 6:00 p.m. and then Swan Valley Saturday at 7:00 p.m.