After a lengthy homestand the Stampeders headed on the south for the weekend to take on the Winkler Flyers and Portage Terriers.
Friday evening the Stamps came out of the gate slow. An early 4:00 high sticking penalty to Sam Harris did not help. Thankfully for the Stampeders, as has been the case for most of the season, Brett Evans stood tall in goal making several highlight reel saves. Keep an eye on the plays of the week for one in particular. The Flyers were able to get out to an early 1 goal lead when CJ Corazzin was able to slide the puck 5 hole past Evans at the 8:46 mark. The Stampeders were able to respond in the final 10 minutes of the first frame, getting back to their style of play. Jaden Townsend was able to knot the game up with less than 2 minutes to go driving the net hard.
The Stampeders came out strong in the second, drawing 4 powerplays. Unfortunately they were unable to convert on any of the opportunities. Winkler would take the lead again at the 6:59 mark, with Coltyn Bates converting a Matt Christian pass for his 6th of the season. The boys would head into the dressing room trailing by 1.
The 3rd proved to be more of the same, as the Stampeders were unable to beat Flyers netminder Aaron Brunn. Garrett Kuklicka would provide the insurance marker for the Flyers.
In spite of picking up the loss, Brett Evans was named the 2nd star of the game making 39 saves on 42 shots.
The boys are back at it in Portage tonight when they take on the Terriers.