The Steinbach Pistons have advanced to the second round of the 2022 MJHL Playoffs.
Coming into the postseason as the number one ranked team during the regular season, Steinbach was able to take out Selkirk five games but not without a strong fight from a young Steelers team. After the two clubs split the opening pair of games, the Pistons went on to take three straight games that all came down to the wire.
Pistons (1) vs Steelers (4)
Game 1: Selkirk (2) @ Steinbach (5)
Game 2: Steinbach (1) @ Selkirk (3)
Game 3: Selkirk (0) @ Steinbach (3)
Game 4: Steinbach (6) @ Selkirk (5)
Game 5: Selkirk (3) @ Steinbach (4)
In game three, Steinbach held a 1-0 lead late in the third period before adding a pair of goals with less than four minutes remaining, including one on the empty net. A seesaw battle in game four saw the Pistons outlast a late push from the Steelers. Selkirk came within one goal at 18:30 of the third but couldn’t quite complete the comeback. Holding a 3-1 lead in the third period of game five, Selkirk looked poised to extend their season but Steinbach had other plans. After Zach Power tied the game at 3-3, Braden Birnie scored the go ahead goal on the powerplay with 1:05 left in the third to close out the series at home.
Should Dauphin eliminate Swan Valley on Friday night, the Pistons will meet the Oil Capitals in the second round.