The Steinbach Pistons finish their 4-game series against the Winnipeg Blues this weekend with a home and home starting tonight in Winnipeg. The Pistons are looking to bounce back with a win tonight after falling last game 4-3 in OT to the Blues.
The Steinbach Pistons still sit at the top of the MJHL standings with 29 points, but the Blues are closing in with 28 points. For the first time this season the Pistons are coming off two losses in a row, both to the Winnipeg Blues. The first loss was in Steinbach where the Pistons loss 5-2. The last game was a hard-fought game where the Pistons came back down 3-1 but could not quite complete the comeback and lost 4-3 in OT. Simon Harkness played amazing and had an outstanding save in OT but was unlucky as the Blues put in the rebound for the game winner.
The Winnipeg Blues have played well these past two games versus the Pistons, slowly making ground on them in the standings. Last game however, the Pistons kept the Blues three best players off the score sheet that being Josiah Vanderhooft, Eric Fawkes and Brayden Foreman. Blues goaltender Dawson Green has looked great so far as he has only let in 5 goals over the two games versus the Pistons.
PISTONS: PP 16/84 – 19% PK 67/76 – 88.1%
BLUES: PP 21/94 – 22.3% PK 72/85 – 84.7%
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Pistons: Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers was a big part in the Pistons tying the last game up and bringing it to OT as he scored two goals in the second period. Rogers plays all scenarios as he had a goal on the power play and even strength. A great shot but also slick hands, Rogers is a great player who is an offensive threat.
Blues: Josiah Vanderhooft
Josiah Vanderhooft is an offensive threat and leads the Blues in goals with 13 on the season. A confident and dangerous player the Pistons will have to make sure to always have their eyes on him as he is quick with the puck and making plays happen.