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First Period Blues

A weak first period by the Blues was all the advantage the visiting Steinbach Pistons needed in Thursday night’s lone MJHL game.

As play started in the first, sloppy play by both teams led to multiple turnovers but still very few quality scoring chances.  It wasn’t until there were 14 minutes gone that the visitors were able to hit the scoreboard to take the 1-0 lead.  The one goal deficit for the Blues was shortlived as the Pistons made it 2-0 just 48 seconds later.  The period ended at 3-0 as Steinbach snuck one in with 1.4 seconds remaining.

The Blues woke up in the second to make it a one goal game.  First it was Taeron Lewis with his sixth of the season at the 9:10 mark to make it 3-1.  A seeing eye shot from the point by Jake Stilwell three minutes later got the Blues to within one with a period still to play.

In the third, the Blues had some early chances but couldn’t capitalize.  The Pistons renewed their two goal advantage eight minutes in and then with Blues netminder Scott Parsons pulled for the extra attacker, made it a three goal lead with 2:13 left.  A late Steinbach penalty gave the Blues powerplay another opportunity and Lewis scored his second of the night but it was too little too late as the Pistons headed home with a 5-3 road victory.

Game notes:  The Blues Boston Pizza player of the game went to Geordie Keane while the OMG Blues hardest working player was Taeron Lewis.  Saturday night the Blues host the league-leading Portage Terriers, game time is 7pm.