Pistons prepare for Terriers
It still may be a bit stunning for some to see the Steinbach Pistons not only in the MJHL playoffs, but having home-ice against the Portage Terriers as well. The Steinbach organization, formerly known as the Beausejour Blades and Southeast Blades, may have played out of different places over the last nine seasons but one thing has been constant. A last-place finish in the Addison Divison. And after nine years of being at the bottom of the division, the Pistons had a breakout 2012-13 season, finishing 31-25-4, good for second place in the Addison. Certainly nobody who follows the league could have predicted that... “We have a team that likes to compete and I think that’s one of the things we’ve built our team around,” Dyck added. “We want to be a team that’s difficult to play against. We play a fairly physical game so that’s certainly one of our strengths and our team skates quite well.” Unlike most, Terriers head coach Blake Spiller had a feeling right from the start of the year that this Pistons team might be a factor down the stretch. “At the start of the year, we played them and I knew they were gonna be a good club,” said Spiller. The Pistons ended up edging out the Terriers for second place on the final day of the season by one point and the two teams will begin their best-of-seven first round series Friday night in Steinbach (7:30 p.m.). For more on this article Click Here. Both teams go head-to-head this series with strong goaltender. All four goaltenders have been trained by GDI Prairies staff, and have had a strong 2nd half of the year after Christmas. Iwan, rated the leagues top goaltender, has been a backbone for the team not only this year but also in the Terriers run this past season to the RBC Cup. Steinbach's goalies Zach Rakochy and Corey Koop have both been strong leaders for the Pistons in-between the pipes as they have helped the team climb out of a drought of not making the playoffs.