The Steinbach Pistons stumbled out of the gate and never could fully recover as they fell to the Portage Terriers 2-1 on Friday night in Steinbach.

The Terriers came out pushing the pace and caught the Pistons back on the heels early one. After Portage killed off a penalty, they went to work on the power play as a shot from the point found it's way through a maze of bodies and past Roman Bengert to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead. Things could have been worse for Steinbach but Bengert stood tall making 15 saves on 16 shots against. Steinbach could only muster 8 total shots in the period.

In the second, the Pistons found their legs a bit and were rewarded with numerous scoring chances, but pucks just seemed to hop over sticks or take strange bounces, resulting in opportunities but no goals. Portage increased their lead  to 2-0 around the midway point of the period before Steinbach answered back on the power play.

After some good down low work from Hinson and Schoonbaert, the puck found it's way to Mack Graham at the point. The 19 year old from Toronto made a nifty toe drag around a Terriers checker and then fed a pass over to a streaking Tyler Anderson who snapped home a wrist shot to cut the lead to 2-1. For Anderson, it was goal number 8 on the season and extended his point streak to 6 games in which he has 3 goals and 7 assists for 10 points. Hinson collected the an assist along with Graham.

The Pistons made a push to tie the game in the third but just couldn't force the puck over the goal line and the horn sounded snapping their 7 game winning streak with 2-1 loss at home. 

Steinbach got their legs going as the game progressed and Bengert was solid in net as he gave his team a chance to win it, making 31 saves. The power play finished 1-4 while the penalty kill was 3-4.

The Pistons will enjoy a whole week off. They don't see action again till Friday, February 10th when they host the Winkler Flyers. It'll be game two of a four game home stand.

 

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SCOREBOARD

Sunday, February 26th

HTJHL
Quarterfinal
Springfield 5 Mitchell 2
(Xtreme win best of 5 series 3-2)

MJHL
Steinbach 4 Wayway 3
Swan Valley 3 Virden 2

Keystone Junior Hockey League
Quarterfinals
St. Malo 7 Lundar 1
(Warriors lead best of 5 series 2-0)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Quarterfinals
Wpg Thrashers 4 Eastman 3
(best of 5 series tied 1-1)
Brandon 5 Pembina Valley 4
(Wheat Kings lead series 2-0)
Yellowhead 3 Central Plains 2
(Chiefs lead series 2-0)
Wpg Wild 5 Parkland 2
(Wild lead series 2-0)

AHL
Manitoba 4 San Antonio 2

NHL
Boston 6 Dallas 3
Calgary 3 Carolina 1
Nashville 5 Edmonton 4
Columbus 5 N.Y. Rangers 2
Ottawa 2 Florida 1
Chicago 4 St. Louis 2
Arizona 3 Buffalo 2

NBA
Toronto 112 Portland 106
Milwaukee 100 Phoenix 96
San Antonio 119 L.A. Lakers 98
Memphis 105 Denver 98
Utah 102 Washington 92
Boston 104 Detroit 98
Oklahoma City 118 New Orleans 110
L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, February 27th

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Basketball
Varsity Girls
Quarterfinals
SRSS vs College Jeanne-Sauve
@ Steinbach, 6 p.m.
Varsity Boys
Quarterfinals
SRSS vs College Jeanne-Sauve
@ Steinbach, 6 p.m.
Junior Varsity Girls
Quarterfinals
SRSS vs J.H. Bruns
@ Steinbach, 6 p.m.
Junior Varsity Boys
Quarterfinals
SRSS vs College Jeanne-Sauve
@ Wpg, 6:30 p.m.

NHL
Montreal at New Jersey, 6 p.m.
Ottawa at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

NBA
Toronto at New York, 6 p.m.
Golden State at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
Milwaukee at Cleveland, 6 p.m.
Atlanta at Boston, 6:30 p.m.
Miami at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Sacramento, 9:30 p.m.

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