By Thomas Neufeld
Through their first 6 games of the season, the Steinbach Pistons own a record of 4-1-1, placing them in fifth place with 9 points; 3 back of the first place and undefeated, Portage Terriers.
The Pistons started the season with tight back-to-back games against the Winkler Flyers, in which they were victorious on both occasions. In their first game of the season and in front of their home fans, last year’s team rookie of the year, Kyle Bettens, scored a goal and an assist, and returning goaltender, Matt Lenz, stopped 27 shots, in leading the team to an opening night 3-2 win.
The next night would see the team travel to Winkler for a rematch. Bettens scored another goal, and Lenz was a rock in net, stopping 37 of 38 shots in a 3-1 win.
The Pistons next 2 games would both require extra time, one resulting in a loss, and another in a win. First up was the Portage Terriers. A back and forth first period saw the Pistons up 3-1, but the Terriers tied the game up in the second, and took the game 4-3 in OT.
The Virden Oil Capitals were next up, and this time the game required not only overtime, but also a shootout. Ty Naaykens scored a goal and an assist to go along with a goal in the shootout, and Matt Lenz, in his fourth consecutive start, made 28 saves in the win.
The Pistons next 2 games would take place in the MJHL showcase on back-to-back days against the Selkirk Steelers and Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
In their game against the Steelers, the Steelers scored the game’s first 4 goals, on their way to a 4-1 win. Niklas Anderson made his first start of the season, and stopped 26 shots in the loss.
The matchup against the Wolverines got off to a tough start, as the Pistons found themselves in another multi-goal deficit; down 3-0 after one period, but the team scored the next 3 goal goals to force overtime, before Codey Behun scored the overtime winner.
One Week Down
It was a busy first 10 days to the season for the Pistons, but they have a strong record to show for it. Kyle Bettens is the team’s scoring leader with 3 goals and 3 assists, and Matt Lenz owns a 2.32 GAA through 5 starts.
Next on the schedule for the Pistons is a two-game road trip that will start with a rematch against the Wolverines, and end with a matchup against the Neepawa Natives