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The road show known as the Steinbach Pistons made it a second straight win away from home with a 5-1 victory over the Waywayseecappo Wolverines Friday night.
“It was a solid team effort,” said assistant coach Rob Smith via text from Roblin where the team is spending the day before traveling to Dauphin.
The Pistons want to be a tough team to play against through all four lines and again, it was 5 different players finding the back of the net. Luke Amsbaugh scored just 48 seconds into the game, followed by markers from Mack Graham, Tyler Penner, Bradley Schoonbaert and Quintin Lisoway. Eddie Eades, Hayden Goderis (2), Cole Smith (2), Graham, Denis Bosc, Dan Taillefer and Darby Gula all had assists.
Schoonbaert talks about finding the back of the net at a big point of the game. “It was a goal that kind of put them away. It felt great. We’ve had some slow starts to games and it’s been the offence that has helped us get some wins.”
Tyler Penner has had goals in back to back games and knows the balanced scoring is big for the guys on the ice and in the locker room. “It obviously helps confidence when some bounces start going your way and you’re able to find the back of the net. Especially, since I’ve been a little snake bitten lately. Now the team has been playing good the last two games, we’ve been sticking to the game plan and that’s helped us get the results we’ve been looking for.”
Roman Bengert made 15 saves in the win. Smith talks about a team goal set before the game. “We want to get our GA (goals against) down, we’re at 3.00 right now. We need to play hard defence and control the puck.”
The power play continued to do what it does, going a perfect 1 for 1, while the penalty kill went 1 for 2. The Pistons fired 37 total shots on goal.
Steinbach goes up against the Dauphin Kings on Saturday night. Smith knows it’ll be a tough game but knows what his team needs to do. “We need to play like we did (against Neepawa.) Limit chances and play our game.
“It’ll be fun to see guys I played with at camp for 3 or 4 years” said Schoonbaert, a former Kings prospect before being acquired by Steinbach in the summer, “I just can’t think about it too much, I just have to play my game.”
Steinbach returns home on Wednesday for a date with the Portage Terriers. It’ll be Pink in the Rink that night, with the Pistons wearing special pink jersey’s that will be auctioned off with proceeds going to Canadian Cancer Society.
Get details of the event plus the bidding process here http://www.steinbachpistons.ca/news_article/show/567073?referrer_id=1546097