The Swan Valley Stampeders made a stop in Portage Sunday December 2nd to tangle with the first place Terriers.
It was all Portage to open up tonight’s game as they used home ice to their advantage. Despite another huge save by Michael Davis, it was Portage who opened up the scoring as Joey Moffatt swatted home a loose puck at 9:58. Josh Maucieri beat out an icing call, grabbed the loose puck and sent it out front to Brian Harris who beat Ethan Peterson upstairs at 11:06. Portage regained the lead as Joey Moffatt grabbed his second of the game putting home another rebound at 17:16. Michael Davis was huge in the opening twenty minutes keeping his team within one heading to the dressing room.
Swan Valley started to find their legs in the second period which allowed them to push the play. Tanner McKechnie picked up a loose puck circled up high and let a shot go that was deflected by Jakob Besnilian at 4:07 and the game was tied at 2. Both teams went back and forth throughout the rest of the period but couldn’t solve either Ethan Peterson or Michael Davis. After forty minutes of play the two top teams in the MJHL were tied 2-2 and the shots 20-18 in favour of Portage.
Portage grabbed the lead as Kolton Shindle scored his seventh of the year on the power play thirty one seconds into the third period. Logan Calder scored two unanswered goals as he buried his own rebound at 1:18 and again at 5:34 and the Terriers lead 5-2. Matt Osadick scored his seventeenth of the year at 8:42. Owen Murray answered back for the Terriers at 11:27 and Portage went on to beat the Stampeders 6-3 in their first meeting of the year. Final shots on goal were 30-30.
The Stampeders record now sits at 19-6-2-2 which keeps them in second place in the MJHL standings. The next action for Swan Valley will be Wednesday December 5th in OCN. Puck drop is set for 7:00pm.