The Winnipeg Blues were able to force overtime against the Steinbach Pistons, but the Pistons took home the extra point in a 4-3 shoutout decision.
The first period saw the Blues weather an early storm before countering with some solid play of their own. Both teams had their chances, but the game remained scoreless after the first.
Early in the second, Steinbach started the scoring with Jack Rogers scoring his third goal in two games. After that, the two teams played a similar way to the first, but with more chances. Winnipeg’s best look came on a two-on-zero – Tazio Cianflone got robbed by Simon Harkness’s save-of-the-year candidate.
Winnipeg was able to find a late response, with Sean Williams scoring his first goal as a Blue on a nice spinorama shot. However, the Pistons responded with a back breaker – with one second left, Dawson Milliken scored a shorthanded goal to put the Pistons back out front.
Steinbach added to their lead in the middle part of the third, but the Blues showed resilience, picking up two goals to tie the game and battle into overtime. Brandt Young, who the Blues acquired from the Portage Terriers yesterday evening, got an assist for his first MJHL point.
Both teams had their looks in OT, but were unable to find a winner. In the shootout, both goalies stayed perfect until round five, when Travis Hensrud ended the night on a nice move against Dawson Green.
The Blues and Pistons finish off their four-game set tomorrow at T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach. Puck drop is at 7:30.