It was a highly competitive affair between two of the top teams in the MJHL. And when the dust settled, it was the Steinbach Pistons picking up the extra point by defeating the Swan Valley Stampeders 2-1 in a shootout.
Brady Tatro netted the Pistons lone goal and the lone marker in the shootout. Matt Radomsky stopped 34 of 35 shots in the 65 minutes played, and did not allow a goal in the shootout. Stampeder goalie Merek Pipes also stopped 34 shots, but took the loss in goal.
Coming off of a 5-3 loss to Virden on Thursday, the Pistons came into tonight’s game with a hard working mentality and it paid off in the end. “We knew from the start that it was going to be a tough one,” Tatro said after the game. “We knew we had to be ready, and it started with the preparation before the game. We’ve had to work on that the last couple of games, and tonight we came ready. Hopefully we can do that tomorrow.”
Tatro got the scoring started on the power play by knocking a loose puck past Pipes for his 15thgoal of the season, and a 1-0 lead. Troy Williams and Curtis Ireland picked up the assists on the play.
The Stamps tied it up at 1 on a deft deflection from Josh Tripp at the 12:49 mark of the first. Tanner Glasrud and Brad Goethals had the apples on Tripp’s 12thtally on the year.
After that, there was no scoring at all. The Pistons defense didn’t give up much quality chances in front, which made it easier for Radomsky to track pucks. “(The defencemen) really did a good job of clearing guys out in front; that one goal they got a stick on it which happens,” the Winnipeg native explained. “The guys were great today, I could track a lot of pucks and there wasn’t too much traffic. Swan Valley tried to come to the net, but our D did a great job of keeping them to the outside.”
Prime examples of the excellent Pistons D included two highlight reel blocks from Troy Williams at the end of the second period while on the penalty kill, and not allowing a shot on goal in a crucial 4-on-3 power play in the OT session.
After the first 5 shooters couldn’t get on the board, Tatro wheeled in and went bar-down on the glove side of Pipes to give the Pistons the 2-1 win.
“Pretty much everyone on the team knows I shoot high glove every time,” Tatro said with a laugh.
“It’s great to get those two points, but we have to stay level-headed,” he continued. “We know we’re going to have another tough battle tomorrow, and it’s going to be a similar style game to tonight.”
The Pistons went 1 for 5 on the PP, while killing off all 4 Swan man advantages.
UP NEXT: These same two teams will lock horns again tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm at the TG Smith Centre. Get your tickets online at Steinbachpistons.ca., or grab them one hour prior to game time at the ticket gate.