It wasn't the prettiest win the Steinbach Pistons have had all season, but it was a big two points in the bank as they defeated the Winkler Flyers 4-2 on Tuesday night in Winkler.

For the Pistons, there was a hint of revenge in the air as they wanted to make a statement after having their eight game winning streak snapped by the very same Flyers last Tuesday and it showed. Steinbach roared out of the gate with three goals in the opening period.

Getting the scoring started was Danny Pion who snapped his fourth of the season over the shoulder of the Winkler goalie, off a very nifty drop pass from Wyatt Hinson. For Pion, he now has four goals in two games. Ryan Carlson, who's been a solid contributor night in and night out, added the secondary assist.

Less then a minute later, after Winkler took a penalty, it was a perfect cross ice pass from Bradley Schoonbaert which found the tape of a streaking Tyler Anderson for the defenseman's 7th of the year and a 2-0 Steinbach lead. Mack Graham added an assist on the goal.

Before the peroid ended, Braden Purtill got in on the scoring act as he and Jordan Bochinski broke in on a mini two on one. Bochinski's pass slipped right through the Flyers defender and onto the stick of Purtill who made no mistake for his 7th of the year, pushing the lead to 3-0. Vaughn Dupre (the MJHL website says it was Tyler Anderson but it was actually Dupre that started the whole play in the neutral zone) also picked up an assist on the goal. 

Steinbach seemingly took their foot off the gas after that, as Winkler began to apply the pressure and the Pistons were guilty of several miscues in their own end. After walking the tightrope at different moments of the period, it was a broken play in front that gave Winkler their first goal of the game. As a loose puck had Pistons goalie Roman Bengert going left, before it hit a body and found a Flyers stick who stuffed it in the wide open net. The period ended with the score 3-1 in favour of the visitors. 

In the third, it was again the Flyers controlling most of the play and it resulted in a 3-2 goal that pulled the home team close.

With the game within reach for Winkler and less then a minute remaining, Purtill took over.

The centreman won a face off outside the Pistons blueline, tied up his man and kicked the puck back to a defender. As the puck was flipped out to centre ice, Purtill skated up, and as a Flyers defender jumped up to glove the puck down, Purtill read the play, slipped in and stole the puck. He then raced down the boards and fired a shot low glove for a great individual effort to seal the win for Steinbach 4-2.

Steinbach, playing shorthanded for a second consecutive game on the blueline due to injury and suspension, began to show tired legs in the third but Paul Dyck talked about gutting out the win. "We did look tired at times but I thought our guys responded well. We talked about it in the room, conserving energy, especially with a lot of games coming up."

Roman Bengert was sensational again as he made 29 saves. Dyck commented after the game about his 20 year old goalie. "He just comes to play every night, always gives us a chance to win. He's great on the ice and off. Last year, he really seized the opportunity and became the starter and heading into this year, we knew he would have a big year for us."

The power play finished 1-4 and the penalty kill was a solid 4-4. Steinbach was out shot 31-22.

Steinbach wraps up a lenghty five game road trip Wednesday night in Portage. Purtill knows that his team may be tired, but they have a job to do. "We'll get some rest, get some fluids and we'll be ready to go."

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Friday, April 20th

NHL
Western Conference
Winnipeg 5 Minnesota 0
(Jets win best of 7 quarterfinal 4-1)
Colorado 2 Nashville 1
(Predators lead series 3-2)
Eastern Conference
Philadelphia 4 Pittsburgh 2
(Penguins lead series 3-2)

Major League Baseball
American League
Toronto 8 New York 5
Baltimore 3 Cleveland 1
Tampa Bay 8 Minnesota 7 (10 innings)
Seattle 6 Texas 2
Houston 10 Chicago 0
Boston 7 Oakland 3
1st game: Detroit 3 KC 2 (10 innings)
2nd game: Kansas City 3 Detroit 2
National League
Philadelphia 2 Pittsburgh 1
New York 5 Atlanta 3 (12 innings)
Milwaukee 8 Miami 0
St. Louis 4 Cincinnati 2
Chicago 16 Colorado 5
San Diego 4 Arizona 1
Washington 5 Los Angeles 2
Interleague
San Francisco 8 L.A. Angels 1

NBA
Eastern Conference
Washington 122 Toronto 103
(Raptors lead best of 7 quarterfinal 2-1
Indiana 92 Cleveland 90
(Pacers lead series 2-1)
Milwaukee 116 Boston 92
(Celtics lead series 2-1)

Saturday, April 21st

MJHL
Steinbach at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
(Pistons lead best of 7 final 3-2)

AHL
Central Division
Manitoba vs Grand Rapids
@ Wpg, 2 p.m.
(1st game in best of 5 semifinal)

NHL
Eastern Conference
New Jersey at Tampa Bay, 2 p.m.
(Lightning lead best of 7 quarterfinal 3-1)
Columbus at Washington, 2 p.m.
(series tied 2-2)
Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m.
(Bruins lead series 3-1)

Major League Baseball
American League
Toronto at New York, 12:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Detroit, 12:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Baltimore, 3:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 5:10 p.m.
Houston at Chicago, 6:10 p.m.
Seattle at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
Boston at Oakland, 8:05 p.m.
National League
Cincinnati at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 3:05 p.m.
New York at Atlanta, 6:10 p.m.
Miami at Milwaukee, 6:10 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 7:10 p.m.
Chicago at Colorado, 7:10 p.m.
Washington at Los Angeles, 8:10 p.m.
Interleague
San Francisco at L.A. Angels, 8:07 p.m.

NBA
Eastern Conference
Philadelphia at Miami, 1:30 p.m.
(76ers lead best of 7 quarterfinal 2-1)
Western Conference
Portland at New Orleans, 4 p.m.
(Pelicans lead series 3-0)
Houston at Minnesota, 6:30 p.m.
(Rockets lead series 2-0)
Oklahoma City at Utah, 9 p.m.
(series tied 1-1)

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