It was another game with a two goal lead that turned into a loss for the Steinbach Pistons as they fell to the Wellington Dukes 3-2 in overtime to remain winless at the 2018 RBC Cup in Chilliwack, BC.
In the first period, both the Dukes and the Pistons had a couple of opportunities but neither team could find the back of the net as it remained scoreless after 20 minutes.
The scoreless draw was broken in the middle frame as Riese Gaber, making his return to the lineup for the first time since game 2 of the ANAVET Cup final, walked out from behind the net and got off a back hand that was orgianlly stopped but the forward fought for the rebound, spun and fired a shot low blocker to make it 1-0 Steinbach. Easton Bennett had the lone assist on the opening goal.
The lead would grow as on a power play, Darby Gula snuck in back door and took a great pass from Drew Worrad to give Steinbach their second two goal lead in as many games, 2-0 mid-way through the period. Mark Wilson had the secondary assist on the goal.
Wellington continued to cut a path to the penalty box but were able to cause a turnover short handed and it was Bryce Yetman scoring on a breakaway to cut the lead to 2-1.
Matthew Thiessen had a tough night as not only having to deal with pucks, but also being hit by Wellington Dukes players.
Thiessen took an elbow to the head from Mitchell Martan that seemed to shake up the rookie goalie but he was able to stay in the game.
However, as the period was winding down, Thiessen went out to play the puck but mishandled it and gave it away. As Thiessen was making his way back into the net, he appeared to suffer an injury. Thiessen went down immediately in serious discomfort and had to be helped off the ice by trainer Jeff Eidse and a pair of teammates.
18 year old Matt Radomsky was thrust into the spotlight as he took over the crease heading into the third period.
Both teams continued to take penalties and eventually, it cost Steinbach.
While short handed, a point shot went high and wide but deflected off the glass right on to the stick of Mitchell Mendonca to tie up the game 2-2.
Steinbach could only muster 3 shots in the entire third period including having only one shot in the final 14:38 of that period.
In overtime, after killing a brief penalty to start the extra frame, the Pistons went in on a rush but were turned away. The Dukes transitioned quickly and it was Ted McGeen rifling a wrist shot up high to give Wellington the win.
The power play finished 1-7 and the penalty kill was 7-8.
Radomsky came in and gave his team a chance to win the game finishing with 9 saves on 11 shots on goal including a huge glove save late in the third that helped get his team at least a single point, their first and only point so far in the RBC Cup.
Steinbach is off on Tuesday and will play in a massivly huge game vs the Ottawa JR "A" Senators on Wednesday night. Pre-game show is at 8:40 pm CDT with puck drop set for 9:00 CDT.