The 25-22-5-1 Stampeders made their way to Steinbach Friday night to face the 44-8-2-2 Pistons.
Despite the Stampeders hard work in the opening minutes of tonight’s contest it was the Pistons who opened the scoring. Daniel McKitrick picked up his 23rd of the year on the power play at 11:46 as he let a point shot go that beat Brett Evans. The opening frame closed out with the Pistons leading 1-0 and the shots 13-9 for Steinbach.
Riese Gaber added to the Pistons lead at 6:20 of the middle frame on a Stampeder turnover in the offensive zone. Quintin Sudom pulled the Stamps within 1 as he beat Mathew Thiessen top shelf at 7:41. Pistons regained their 2 goal lead as Brady Tatro beat Evans at 13:51. Jack Johnson added his 12th of the year at 15:30. Austin Heidemann picked up his 22nd of the year at 16:40 and the Pistons held a 5-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Shots were 33-18 for Steinbach.
Daniel McKitrick added his 2nd of the game just 29 seconds into the 3rd. The Stampeders responded as Daniel Chartrand beat Thiessen glove side on a rebound at at 1:49. Chartrand added his 2nd of the game and his 13th of the year at 2:15 beating Thiessen glove side. Easton Bennett scored for the Pistons at 12:53 and Steinbach went on to defeat the Stampeders 7-3. Final shots on goal were 53-30 for the Pistons.
Next action for the Stampeders will be Saturday February 24th in Winnipeg against the Blues. Puck drop is 7:00pm at the Bell MTS IcePlex. Catch all the action live on HockeyTV.com