The Steinach Pistons got off to the start they wanted but couldn't hold on to an early lead and eventually fell 5-3 to the Virden Oil Capitals on Thursday night.

Tone Setters

Steinbach was able to open the scoring less than three minutes into the game as 20-year-old forward Aiden Wagner wired a puck home from the slot for his 4th goal of the year to make it 1-0. Easton Bennett had the lone assist on the goal.

Brendan Martin pushed the lead to 2-0 near the midway point of the frame when he notched his 14th of the year from linemate Boedey Vaeth to push the lead to 2-0.

The first period ended with Steinbach in control on the scoreboard and leading in shots 12-9

Wheels Fall Off

A pair of goals in quick succession in the middle of the second period knotted up the game and gave the Oil Capitals some life and their fans a jolt of energy which they were able to carry into the third period.

Virden would put up three more in the third, making it five straight goals against the Pistons to grab a 5-2 lead.

Max Neil got Steinbach a stride closer when he scored his 4th of the season from Brendan Westbrook, who was back after missing a few games with a lower body injury, as Steinbach trailed 5-3.

They would get no closer and had their mini two game winning streak snapped.

Matt Lenz was saddled with his first regulation loss of the season as he made 24 saves in 29 shots against.

Steinbach had the shots advantage in the third, despite giving up three goals, 16-7 and overall in the game 33-29.

Massive Back-To-Back

A huge set of games is coming to Steinbach over the weekend as the 2nd place Swan Valley Stampeders are in town both Saturday and Sunday. 

As it sits now, Steinbach is 3 points back of Swan for second place in the MJHL. The Stamps also have two games in hand on the Pistons.

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Tuesday, December 11th

MJHL
Showcase
@ Seven Oaks Arena in Wpg
Portage vs Swan Valley, 1 p.m.
Waywayseecappo vs Dauphin, 4 p.m.
Winkler vs Virden, 7 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Parkland at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

NHL
Arizona at Boston, 6 p.m.
Vancouver at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Los Angeles at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Carolina, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
Montreal at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Ottawa at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Florida at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Colorado, 8 p.m.

NBA
Portland at Houston, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, December 10th

WHSHL
Sturgeon Heights 3 SRSS 2 (OT)

WWHSHL
SRSS 2 Kildonan East 0

MJHL
Showcase
@ Seven Oaks Arena in Wpg
Steinbach 3 Neepawa 1
Selkirk 6 Waywayseecappo 1
Wpg Blues 4 OCN 2

NHL
Pittsburgh 2 N.Y. Islanders 1 (SO)
Tampa Bay 6 N.Y. Rangers 3
Detroit 3 Los Angeles 1
San Jose 5 New Jersey 2

NFL
Seattle 21 Minnesota 7

NBA
Philadelphia 116 Detroit 102 
Indiana 109 Washington 101 
Boston 113 New Orleans 100 
Sacramento 108 Chicago 89
Oklahoma City 122 Utah 113 
Milwaukee 108 Cleveland 92 
Dallas 101 Orlando 76 
L.A. Clippers 123 Phoenix 119 (OT)
Denver 105 Memphis 95 
Golden State 116 Minnesota 108
L.A. Lakers 108 Miami 105

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