Sarah Hunt

Steinbach Gets the Best of Niverville

Ty Dilello

The Niverville Nighthawks put up another stinker at home on Wednesday night with a 6–1 loss to the Steinbach Pistons. With the loss, the Nighthawks stay in fourth place in the MJHL’s East Division with a record of 22–16–2.

It was a sad game for Nighthawks fans to attend as the home team couldn’t muster any offence throughout the evening. Steinbach scored twice early in the contest before Alex Walicki got one back for Niverville late in the first period.

The Pistons would add one goal in the second period and three goals in the third period to pull away with the 6–1 victory.

Raiden LeGall stopped 29 shots in the Nighthawks’ goal in the loss.

“Steinbach was faster and more physical tonight,” said Nighthawks forward Brendan Bottem, who had an assist on his team’s lone goal. “The only positive we can take out of this is that we get a chance to rebound in two days.”

Despite the skid that his club has been on as of late, Bottem still likes where the team is headed and is pleased with the new additions that the club traded for back at the trade deadline.

“The chemistry has been great. We have all bonded together well, and we are a close group on and off the ice.”

The Nighthawks are back in action on Friday night with another home game against the Selkirk Steelers. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.

“It has to start in practice,” said Bottem. “We have had a couple of bad practices, and it showed today. We need to come ready to practice and compete if we want to get out of this funk.”