The Steinbach Pistons ran into costly penalty trouble late in the third and in overtime as they fell to the Collingwood Blues 2-1 to open their Centennial Cup tournament.
The opening period had Steinbach holding strong defensively as Collingwood used their speed early to generate a couple of opportunities that didn’t lead to anything thanks to great defence by the Pistons.
Both teams had some chances but neither could find the back of the net as it remained scoreless after 20 minutes.
In the second, the Blues scored to grab a 1-0 lead.
The Pistons responded when Ian Amsbaugh walked out from the corner, marched around and into the slot, then fired a wrist shot home for his first of the tournament, knotting the game 1-1.
The third period saw both teams try and push to find the advantage but both goaltenders stood tall.
With less than two minutes to go, Steinbach took a double minor for kneeing. The penalty kill units managed to kill off the rest of regulation and force the game into overtime.
In the extra frame, Steinbach killed off the rest of the double minor but shortly after getting back to even, yet another penalty put the Pistons down a man again.
Despite strong penalty killing, the Blues scored in overtime to get the victory.
Dominik Wasik was rock solid, doing all he could to hold his team in it making 31 saves.
Steinbach’s right back in action Friday as they battle the host Portage Terriers.