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Zac Patrick is OT Hero in Pistons Win

The Steinbach Pistons came back Sunday evening to beat the Winnipeg Freeze 5-4 in OT.

The Winnipeg Freeze opened the scoring just over halfway through the first period when Matthew Yakubowski popped the water bottle on the power play to go up 1-0.

Just over a minute and half later the Freeze extended their lead to 2-0 as Matthew Carlson tipped the puck into the net on the power play.

The Pistons would not go into the first intermission scoreless however, as Quinton Pepper scored on a nice cross crease pass from David Cote with the secondary assist coming from Cooper Rice to make the score 2-1.

The Pistons were down 2-1 at the end of the first period with the shot totals 10-9 for the Pistons.

The Freeze would restore their 2-goal lead just over 5 minutes into the second period as Zach Ashworth would score the goal.

6 minutes into the second period the Pistons got a very long 9-minute power play as Naaman Hofer for the Freeze took quite a few penalties and was ejected from the game. The Pistons would only capitalize once on the 9-minute power play as Owen Weihs scored on a pretty much open net with the assists from Hunter Degelman and Eduard Wruck.

Zach Ashworth would once again restore the Freeze’s 2 goal lead and the Pistons went into the second intermission down 4-2.

With just over 8 minutes left in the third period Dawson Milliken brought the game to within 1 as he scored off a nice feed from Ty Paisley and Davis Fry.

In the last minute of the third period with the goalie pulled the Pistons were pouring it on, trying to find the tying goal. With 5 seconds left in the game and a flurry in front of the net, Quinton Pepper managed to jam the puck into the net and tie the game at 4-4.

OT did not take long as Pistons captain Zac Patrick skated into the Freeze’s zone made a nice move on the defender and scored the winning goal just 41 seconds into OT to make it 5-4.