The Steinbach Pistons defeated the Dauphin Kings 3-1 on home ice Saturday night to push their winning streak to three games including two straight to start 2019.

Despite playing the night before, it was the visiting Kings that came out flying, out skating and out-working the Pistons in their own zone, forcing a few turnovers that resulted in good chances that were turned away by Matt Radomsky.

Both teams put 8 shots towards the net but neither team scored.

In the second, the Kings got on the board as another turnover in the d-zone gave Dauphin a great chance in the slot that was stopped by Radomsky. The rebound was available and all 5 Pistons got caught puck watching as the Kings slipped it into the open side and took a 1-0 lead.

Tip Tip Tip-A-Roo

With Steinbach searching for consistent offensive zone time, it was hard work along the boards by Brendan Westbrook that fought the puck free for defender Caydin Cleland who wristed a shot towards the net. Brendan Martin planted himself in front of the crease and was able to get a stick on the Cleland shot to direct home his 24th goal of the year, knotting the game up at 1-1.

Steinbach really began to find their legs and pushed the pace through the remainder of the period but the game headed into the third period all tied up.

Mountain Of A Mole Goal

With momentum in their corner, Steinbach looked to jump out in front early in the third and thanks to Tanner Mole, they did just that.

Mole took a pass from Tyson McConnell and let a hard wrist shot go that fooled the Dauphin goalie for the 19-year-olds 16th goal of the year, pushing his team out in front 2-1. Westbrook collected his second assist of the night on the go-ahead goal.

Power Play Put Away

The Pistons had a couple of chances with the man advantage to extend their lead but a strong Dauphin PK continued to foil the attacks of Steinbach. 

Eventually, they were able to break the Kings and get the 3-1 thanks to Easton Bennett.

After Declan Graham kept the puck in, driving down the boards, he kicked it behind the net to Kyle Bettens. Bettens waited and drew both Kings defenders towards him before sliding the puck out to Bennett who hammered home his 8th of the year.

Dauphin never really got another chance as Radomsky and the defence locked down a 3-1 Steinbach win.

The power play finished 1-5 while the penalty kill was 3-3.

Radomsky was as he usually is, rock solid in goal finishing the night with 22 saves en route to being the games 3rd star.

Coaches Notes

Paul Dyck spoke about his team's win after the game. "It looked like we were a little rusty early like it was the first game outa the Christmas break. Much different than our first game and I'm not sure our boys were ready for that kind of game. There was very little ice to operate within the first, under pressure much more than we were the other night and our puck management wasn't very good. The first period we'd like to forget. We got marginally better in the second and in the third period, we made further strides. I think we gutted it out, the guys know we weren't as sharp as we needed to be but we'll take the two points."

Perhaps in years past, teams would play physical against the Pistons thinking it would throw them off their game. Dyck says he doesn't mind playing those types of games. "Our guys embrace it. They enjoy those games. Come playoff time and as we come to the end of the year, we'll see more of games like that. (Winning and battling tonight) was a good sign.

Milestone night

Declan Graham played in his 150th MJHL game. Graham came to Steinbach as a 17-year-old and has continued to grow both on and off the ice, according to head coach Paul Dyck.

Trade Deadline

The MJHL Trade Deadline is set for January 10th and Dyck is hoping to add. "It's not like walking into a grocery store and picking what you want, you need a trade partner. We will look to add if it helps our team get better."

Up Next

A return to Neepawa on Friday night. The game will be on MIX 96 and SteinbachOnline.com

 

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Friday, January 18th

MJHL
Steinbach at OCN, 7 p.m.
Portage at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Neepawa at Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.

Capital Region Junior Hockey League
Arborg at St. Malo, 8 p.m.

HTJHL
Lorette at Steinbach, 8 p.m.
St. Adolphe at Grunthal, 8 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Thrashers, 7 p.m.
Norman vs Interlake
@ Teulon, 8 p.m.
Southwest vs Kenora
@ Souris, 8 p.m.
Yellowhead vs Central Plains
@ Portage, 8 p.m.

WWHSHL
SRSS vs Springfield
@ Oakbank, 4 p.m.

WHL
Kootenay at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

NHL
Montreal at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Florida, 6 p.m.
Ottawa at Carolina, 6:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Detroit at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Buffalo at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

NBA
Brooklyn at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Memphis at Boston, 6 p.m.
Miami at Detroit, 6 p.m.
San Antonio at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at Utah, 8 p.m.
New Orleans at Portland, 9:30 p.m.
Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 17th

South Central Athletic Conference
Junior Varsity Girls Basketball
Louis Riel 45 SRSS 27

WHSHL
SRSS 2 Lord Selkirk 1 (OT)

HTJHL
Red River 4 Steinbach 3
Springfield 8 Mitchell 3

MJHL
Selkirk 6 Wpg Blues 2

NHL
Winnipeg 5 Nashville 1
N.Y. Islanders 4 New Jersey 1
Boston 5 St. Louis 2
N.Y. Rangers 4 Chicago 3
Toronto 4 Tampa Bay 2
Anaheim 3 Minnesota 0
Los Angeles 2 Dallas 1

NBA
Toronto 111 Phoenix 109
Washington 100 New York 101
Philadelphia 120 Indiana 96
Charlotte 114 Sacramento 95
Denver 135 Chicago 105
L.A. Lakers 138 Oklahoma City 128 (OT)

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