The Steinbach Pistons lost to the Portage Terriers by a score of 3-2 Friday evening at Stride Place.
The first period did not see any goals, with both teams locking down the backend. Both teams were successful on the penalty kill in the first period, each killing off one penalty.
The Pistons drew first blood at the 10:43 mark of the second period. Davis Fry found Warren Clark at the point who made a nice move around the Terriers player and put a seeing eye shot on net and past Bailey Monteith to make it 1-0.
The Terriers would even the score up again a minute and a half later, on the powerplay. Tayem Gislason put a shot on net with Austin Peters right there to put the rebound in the net to make it 1-1.
Steinbach regained the 1-goal lead with just under two minutes remaining in the second period. Travis Hensrud from below the goal line got the puck to Davin Griffin at the side of the net who gave a nice cross crease pass to Kirk Mullen who buried it in the open net.
Steinbach would go into the second intermission with a 2-1 lead and outshooting the Terriers 19-13.
The Terriers would even the game up once again on the powerplay. Noah Wagner got the puck to Kaden Kohle in the neutral zone who then crossed the blue line and made a move around Ethan Johnson and walked in all alone, putting it past Dominik Wasik to make it 2-2.
The Terriers would take their first lead of the game with just under two minutes remaining in the final frame. Noah Wagner put a shot on net from the left side wall with Ryan Botterill tipping it in front to make it 3-2.
Steinbach would pull their and had a great chance to tie it up with 1:30 remaining but Bailey Moneith closed the door on Ian Amsbaugh. The Terriers would hold on and close out the 3-2 victory over the Steinbach Pistons.