Bradley Schoonbaert’s great start to the season continued Friday night, scoring a hat-trick to give Steinbach a commanding 7-3 win over the Dauphin Kings at Credit Union Place.
Dauphin came into Friday’s game on high after starting the season 0-5 and then knocking off the defending champions, Portage Terriers 3-2 on home ice this past Wednesday.
The Kings continue where they started from Wednesday when Mccullough Park scored his 2nd of the season 2:27 into the game assisted by Matthew Pitchenese and Riley Shamray.
Despite the Kings acquiring a late goal in the opening period to keep the game close, it was all Steinbach outshooting the Kings 18-6. Pistons led 3-2 after 20 minutes with goals from Easton Bennett, Austin Heidemann, and Bradley Schoonbaert.
The Kings continued to linger when Dauphin’s forward Brendan Arnold tied the game at 3- 3, but that would as close as the Kings would get.
The Pistons then went on to score 4 unanswered goals, Schoonbaert tallied 2 more goals giving him his first hat-trick on the season. The MJHL’s leading point-getter now has points in all 6 games this season, amassing 7 goals and 6 assists for 13 points.
Purtill also notched another goal giving him 9 on the young season. The only game Purtill hasn’t scored in was the season’s opener versus Selkirk back on September 22nd. Jack Johnson rounded out the scoring with his 3rd marker on the year.
Both teams weren’t able to capitalize on the man advantage; Steinbach going 0-for-4 and Dauphin 0-for-6.
Matt Radomsky made 17 saves on 20 shots for his 3rd win, and Matt Kustra was given his 4th loss stopping 25 of 32.
The Pistons continue their first overnight road trip tonight when they travel to play the (1-5-0) Waywaysceepppo Wolverines 7:30pm at the Waywayseecappo Arena Complex