By Thomas Neufeld
The Pistons sit in 5th place in the MJHL through their first 8 games of the season, and own a record of 5-2-1.
This week saw the team go on a road trip and play a pair of games; one against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines, and one against the Neepawa Natives.
The first game of the trip saw the Pistons try to defeat the Wolverines for the second straight game, after a come from behind win last week.
The game started well for the Pistons, as they opened the scoring 5:26 in when Zach Purcell scored his second goal of the season. The Wolverines would respond quickly with a power play goal, and took the lead a few minutes later. The second period saw no goals scored; with the shots even at 8 a piece. The third period was another low shot affair, but the Wolverines managed to score midway through the third to extend their lead to 2, and then added a late shorthanded goal to make it 4-1.
The Pistons did manage to score a goal on the power play with just over a minute to go, but there was no time for a comeback, as they fell to the Wolverines at a final score of 4-2.
The Pistons would have the chance to get back in the win column the next night against the Neepawa Natives, in their first match-up against each other of the season.
Neepawa outshot the Pistons in the first period, 16-10, but the Pistons managed to create a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. Neepawa outshot the Pistons again in the second period, and had a 29 second stretch where they scored 2 goals and took a 2-1 lead, but the Pistons got the game back on even terms when Codey Behun scored his fourth goal of the season on a shorthanded marker.
Pistons goalie Matt Lenz had faced 28 shots through 2 periods, and would stop the last 9 he faced in the third, as his teammates scored two goals to propel the Pistons to a 4-2 win. Similar to Neepawa’s 2 goals in 29 seconds earlier, the Piston’s had a dominant 61 seconds in the third period where they scored 2 goals to create the 2 goal margin of victory
Week in review and a look ahead
Matt Lenz started both games for the Piston’s this week, and has started 7 of the team’s 8 games to this point. Kyle Bettens leads the team in scoring with 3 goals and 5 assists.
The Pistons have had just one home game through their first 8 games, but next week will see them play 3 games at home, and only one on the road. The team will play against league best Portage Terriers for the second time this season, and face the Swan Valley Stampeders, Dauphin Kings, and Winnipeg Blues for their first time this season.
In other news, it was announced that Steinbach city council has given unanimous support for a $42.5 million project that will include a new home for the Pistons to play in.