The Steinbach Pistons put up another crooked number against the Virden Oil Capitals winning for a second straight night, this time by a score of 8-3.

It didn't start out as well for the Pistons as it did the night before as Virden's Kolton Kanaski and Kirklan Lycar scored to make it 2-0 Oil Capitals before the midway point of the first period.

Steinbach cut into the lead when Tyson McConnell scored his first of the pre-season and Vaughn Dupre tied the game with his third goal in two games, this marker on the power play.

In the second, James Barclay gave Steinbach the lead but it didn't last very long as just 29 seconds later, Virden's Dylan Halliday scored to knot the game up at 3-3. 

McConnell pushed the Pistons back out in front with his second of the game. The period ended with Steinbach out in front 4-3.

The third period produced more Steinbach scoring as second year Piston Jack Johnson scored back to back goals to make it a 6-3 lead. Johnson has three goals in the first two exhibition games he's played. Barclay also picked up his second of the game before Danny Pion netted his first. 

The final buzzer sounded and the Pistons left Virden with an 8-3 win.

Will Koop had 3 assists on the night while Declan Graham, Jaret Lalli, Darby Gula, Travis Penner (2), Brady Tatro, Noah Couch and Pion also had helpers.

Matthew Thiessen played the whole game making his pre-season debut.


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Thursday, March 22nd

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Grunthal 7 Ste. Anne 6 (OT)
(Aces lead best of 7 final 3-2)

Eastman 2 Pembina Valley 0
(best of 5 final tied 1-1)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild 2 Brandon 0
(1st game in best of 5 final)

Selkirk 5 St. Malo 3
(Warriors lead best of 7 semifinal 3-2)

Manitoba 4 Stockton 1

Tampa Bay 7 N.Y. Islanders 6
Carolina 6 Arizona 5
Philadelphia 4 N.Y. Rangers 3
Columbus 4 Florida 0
Edmonton 6 Ottawa 2
Washington 1 Detroit 0
Toronto 5 Nashville 2
Vancouver 5 Chicago 2
Los Angeles 7 Colorado 1
San Jose 2 Vegas 1 (OT)

Charlotte 140 Memphis 79
Philadelphia 118 Orlando 98
Houston 100 Detroit 96 (OT)
New Orleans 128 L.A. Lakers 125
Utah 119 Dallas 112
Sacramento 105 Atlanta 90

Friday, March 23rd

Wpg Blues at Steinbach, 7:30 p.m.
Winkler at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
(1st games in best of 7 semifinals)

Eastern Conference
Brandon at Medicine Hat, 8:30 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 quarterfinal)

Montreal at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
Anaheim at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Boston at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

Denver at Washington, 6 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at New York, 6:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m.
Miami at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Utah at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Portland, 9 p.m.
Atlanta at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

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