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Terriers Steal Game 3 in Steinbach

Takato Cox scores the game winner with 17 seconds left in the game.

The Terriers take a 2-1 lead in the best of 7 Semi-final series with the Steinbach Pistons, scoring 2 goals in the last minute and 11 seconds for the comeback win tonight at the T.G.Smith Centre.

The game was scoreless after the first twenty minutes, both teams having chances and unable to find the back of the net. The Terriers going 0 for 1 on the powerplay.

Steinbach scored the first goal of the game when Brock Aiken mishandled a puck and Drew Anderson fed Braden Purtill for a wide open back door goal 3:36 in to the second. The Pistons 1-0 lead would hold through forty minutes.

Ryan Sokoloski tied the game at one finding himself alone in front burying a Josh Martin pass. A packed Steinbach arena got loud when the Pistons took over the lead when Johnson in tight on Aiken found the back of the net.

With just over 2 minutes to go in the third, the Terriers called a time out and pulled Aiken with the face off in Steinbach’s end. There was a close call where Carlson missed the empty net before Chase Brakel would win a draw in the offensive zone and Leipsic dropped the puck to Enns who made no mistake tying the game with a wrist shot from the point.

With less than 30 seconds to go in the game, The Terriers came down on a 3 on 1 with Hendrix, Thiessen and Cox. Cox carrying the puck down the right side opted to shoot and tucked it under Bengert’s arm.

Steinbach pulled Bengert with 17.9 seconds left on the clock, but the Terriers held them off to pick up the win. Aiken with a great game in net picking up his second win of the series making 24 saves.

The Terriers host the Pistons this Friday for game 4 of the series. Tickets are now on sale at Stride Place.