The Steinbach Pistons are in Winkler tonight facing off against the flyers in the second game of a back-to-back.
The Steinbach Pistons are currently in first place in the MJHL with 56 points and a 27-8-2-1 record. Two teams in the West Division are closing in on the Pistons with the Dauphin Kings at 55 points and the Waywayseecappo Wolverines with 54 points. Jack Rogers leads the Pistons in scoring this season with 42 points (16 goals and 26 assists) in 38 games. Last night Quinton Pepper was the first Piston on the season to pass the 20-goal plateau as he scored twice putting him at 21 goals on the season.
The Winkler Flyers are currently in 5th place in the MJHL with 48 points and a 23-13-1-1 record. The Flyers have two players in the top 10 in points in the MJHL with Justin Svenson in second with 59 points and Jayden McCarthy 5th with 53 points. Trent Sambrook is also having a great season as he is tied for second in defencemen scoring in the MJHL with 42 points.
PISTONS: PP 34/155 – 21.9% PK 133/154 – 86.4%
FLYERS: PP 45/182 – 24.7% PK 161/196 – 82.1%
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Pistons: Braden Birnie
Braden Birnie was named the Steinbach Pistons player of the month for January. In his 8 games with the Pistons Birnie has 9 points (3 goals and 6 assists). Birnie tallied an assist in last night’s game, lobbing a nice pass to Quinton Pepper for his first goal of the game. Braden is a player that is constantly putting in maximum effort. Whether it be on the rush and in the offensive zone or on the forecheck forcing turnovers. Braden is a physical player who always finishes his checks and creates scoring chances as a result.
Flyers: Justin Svenson
Justin Svenson has a lot of offensive talent. Second in MJHL scoring with 59 points (24 goals and 35 assists), Svenson is always contributing to the offence and creating scoring chances. Justin Svenson seemingly always finds himself in the right place at the right time and makes sure to never let a scoring chance go by.