Bradly Goethals scored his second goal of the game 3:13 into overtime as the Swan Valley Stampeders evened the series with a 3-2 win over the Pistons Saturday night.
Matt Radomsky was solid once again for the Pistons, as he stopped 35 Swan Valley shots. Merek Pipes picked up the win with 24 saves on the night.
Having won the first game of this best-of-7 semi-final and having grabbed home ice advantage, the Pistons set out to take the second game and a 2-0 lead.
It didn’t start out great for Steinbach, as Goethals used his big shot on the power play to blast the puck past the glove of Radomsky for a quick 1-0 lead 6:53 into the first period.
But the Pistons responded on their first power play opportunity five minutes later, as good puck movement led to a Troy Williams one-timer from his sweet spot. Tanner Mole deflected it past Pipes for his fourth goal of the playoffs to tie the game up for Steinbach. Williams and Kyle Bettens picked up the assists at the 12:15 mark of the first period.
Although the Pistons were outshot 8-5 in the opening frame and were hemmed in their own zone in the first five minutes of the second, Radomsky stood tall in goal and changed the momentum in favor of the visitors.
Steinbach took the lead in the second period, as good board play by Nico Labossiere. He freed the puck up for Brendan Martin, and Martin walked out and found Riley Vautour with a cross-ice pass. Vautour one-timed the puck in for his second goal in this series and gave the Pistons a 2-1 lead with 6:38 to play in the middle period.
The Stampeders tied the game 2:22 into the third period, as Matt Osadick scored his third of the postseason with a shot that Radomsky almost got his left pad on. The Pistons tried to mount a charge in the third period, but became undisciplined in the process as they took three penalties in the final frame.
The Pistons relied upon the MJHL’s best penalty kill during the regular season, and they came up big once again to get the game into sudden death overtime.
In the extra frame, Troy Beauchemin tried to chip the puck up the wall in the neutral zone, but he coughed it up to Goethals. Goethals broke in on a 2-on-1 rush and tried to feed Matt Osadick, and the puck went off of the back-checking stick of Troy Williams and past Radomsky to give Swan Valley a big Game #2 win and a tied series.
The Pistons were 1 for 2 on the power play, while the Stampeders went 1 for 6 on their man advantages.
UP NEXT: The series shifts back to the TG Smith Centre for Game #3 on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets for that game online at Steinbachpistons.ca/tickets, as well as Game #4 on Thursday night as well.