The Steinbach Pistons are playing game 3 of 4 tonight against the Winnipeg Freeze in Winnipeg tonight.
Steinbach is currently tied for first place in the MJHL along with the Dauphin Kings with both teams having 24 points, the Pistons do have one game in hand. The Pistons were stunned by the Freeze in the first game losing by a score of 5-4. The Pistons had a great first period, but the Freeze fought back and won the game. Steinbach won the second game of a score of 5-3. The Pistons have 3 players in the MJHL top 20 in scoring. Quinton Pepper leads the Pistons with 20 points in 14 games, Davis Fry has 17 points in 13 games and Dawson Milliken has 16 points in 14 games.
The Winnipeg Freeze have played well against the Steinbach Pistons, winning the first game, and keeping the second game competitive the whole game. Freeze goaltender Dawson Rattia played amazing in the first game letting in 4 goals on 50 shots. Nathan Driver has also been an offensive force scoring in both games for the Freeze.
PISTONS: PP 13/66 – 19.6% PK 53/58 – 91.3%
FREEZE: PP 6/74 – 8.1% PK 42/64 – 65.6%
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Pistons: Cooper Rice
Cooper Rice has been dominant in the last 2 games. Rice is coming off a 4-point night (2 goals and 2 assists) against the Freeze and in total has 5 points in 2 games. In the 5-3-win Rice got the opening goal just 18 seconds into the game, setting the tone early. Rice impacts all parts of the game whether it be on even strength or on the powerplay or penalty kill.
Freeze: Dean Gorchynski
Dean Gorchynski has 4 points (2 goals and 2 assists) in the games against the Pistons this year. Gorchynski played a big role in the 5-4 win for the Freeze as he had 3 points and scored the tying and winning goals.