The Steinbach Pistons finish off a weekend of hockey tonight in Winkler against the Winkler Flyers. The Pistons are coming off a dominant 5-0 win last night against the Flyers so Winkler will be looking to come out firing.
The Pistons are yet to lose this season, currently riding a 5-game win streak. Steinbach had a dominant four games against the Selkirk Steelers seeing them outscore the Steelers 22-6. Dawson Milliken and Eduard Wruck lead the Pistons in scoring against the Steelers, both getting 7 points in the 4 games. Pistons rookie goaltender Will Hambley recorded his first MJHL shutout in his first MJHL start turning away all 22 shots in a 3-0 victory. Simon Harkness has looked stellar up to this point, securing 4 wins and boasting a 1.50 GAA and 0.944 Save %. After last night’s victory the leading scorers for the Pistons has changed seeing Quinton Pepper lead the way with 10 points and Nate Goodbrandson right behind him with 9.
The Winkler Flyers had an almost as dominant first four games to their season against the Portage Terriers where they did not lose a game in regulation, dropping one to the terriers in shootout. Justin Svenson and Jayden McCarthy lead the Flyers in scoring with Svenson having 9 points and McCarthy having 8. Flyers goaltender Dylan Meilun has a record of 3-1 and a 3.50 GAA and 0.891 Save %.
PISTONS: PP 7/33 – 21% PK 23/25 – 92%
FLYERS: PP 5/30 – 16% PK 29/33 – 88%
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Pistons: Nate Goodbrandson
Nate Goodbrandson has been amazing for the Steinbach Pistons this year. In 5 games Goodbrandson has 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists). Goodbrandson is coming off a 5-point night where he amassed 1 goal and 4 assists and was a key component in the Pistons win. Nate Goodbrandson is a key part of the Pistons powerplay, getting their only PP goal last night. Goodbrandson fights on both sides of the puck, jumping in on the rush but also always on the back check.
Flyers: Justin Svenson
Justin Svenson has had an amazing season so far getting 9 points in 5 games. Svenson is a tough, hard-nosed player who throws around the body but also is a lethal threat on offense. Svenson has a great balance of playmaking and scoring as he has 3 goals and 6 assists. A key component of the Flyers powerplay Svenson is always finding a way to get on the score sheet.
Puck drop is tonight in Winkler at 7:30pm, catch the game live on HockeyTV.