Brady Tatro scored his first career MJHL hat-trick, and Matt Radomsky stopped 30 shots for his second consecutive shutout, as the Steinbach Pistons won their 7th consecutive game in a 7-0 win over the Waywayseecappo Wolverines Sunday night.
“I think we’ve really stepped it up here,” Tatro said after the game. “After that Portage-Winkler week, we came back and evaluated our play and came back hard.”
Tyson McConnell got the scoring started for Steinbach 4:35 into the first period on the power play. Drew Worrad picked up the first of his three assists on the night, and Darby Gula got the other assist on McConnell’s 13th of the season. Bradley Schoonbaert was back in the lineup for the Pistons after missing yesterday’s game, and he got right back on the scoresheet notching his 22nd of the season just 1:08 later from Worrad and Austin Heidemann.
Tatro got his first of the night from Tristan Culleton and Easton Bennett 2:47 into the second period. Culleton picked up his first MJHL point on Tatro’s 8th on the season. Schoonbaert scored once again on the power play when he banged home the rebound at the side of the net, with McConnell and Worrad had the assists. Tatro got his second on a lucky bounce at the 7 minute mark of the period from Bennett to make it 5-0 Pistons after 40 minutes of play.
Heidemann got his 16th of the season on the power play in the third period, with Mark Taraschuk and Will Koop. And Tatro completed his hat-trick when he received a slap pass from Culleton, and buried it into the open net to send the fans at the TG Smith Centre home with free pancakes. Goaltenders Isaac Labelle and Curtis Stewart of the Wolverines combined to stop 29 of 36 shots.
The Pistons will play one more game before the Christmas break, but Head Coach Paul Dyck preached to his team after the game that they can’t look forward to going home just yet. “We can’t be thinking about that break too soon,” Tatro echoed. “Virden’s a great team, and it should be a great game on Thursday.”
The Pistons went 3 for 4 on the power play, and killed off all 4 man advantages.
UP NEXT: The Pistons are in Virden on Thursday, puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 pm.