Royal Return for Garrioch in Pistons Win

Tyler Garrioch had a goal and an assist in his return to Dauphin as the Steinbach Pistons cruised to a 6-2 win inside Credit Union Place, wrapping up three games in three nights with two victories.

Garrioch, acquired earlier in the season from the Dauphin Kings, was all smiles coming into the rink Sunday. When asked if it was weird being on the other side, he responded with a smile, “Oh yeah, it feels very strange.”

Head coach and GM Paul Dyck explained the mindset of the weekend. “We brought it up yesterday after the OCN game and we set the goal of getting 4 points and we were successful. We jumped on them early in the third and the defence contiuned to do what we talked about.”

Denis Bosc converted early to open the scoring, James Shearer scored on the power play and Tyler Penner added a hat trick (the final goal was credited to Colin Baudry, but confirmed by both Penner and Baudry that it was Penner’s goal). Dan Taillefer had 3 assists extending his franchise best point streak to 15 games.

Steinbach finished 2-for11 on the power play while going 7-for-9 when shorthanded. Nick Deery picked up the win making 25 saves. Colin Baudry and Cole Smith both had fights near the end of the third period.

The Pistons now will recharge their respective batteries after 4 games in 5 nights. They remain in good position standings wise as they took 6 out of 8 possible points in that stretch. The Pistons sit in 2nd with 60 points. Winnipeg has 60 points as well, but Steinbach has played one less game so they hold down the 2nd spot.

The next game for Steinbach is against the Portage Terriers in Portage on Friday night.