With the MJHL regular season quickly coming to a close, this is the final Paull Funeral Home & Crematorium Three Stars of the Week. In this edition we will touch on a few things as the team gears up for the playoffs.
The Stampeders had a rough week to say the least, posting a record of 1-2, being shutout for 112:13, and losing to teams well below them in the MJHL Standings.
Eying third place, the team had the perfect opportunity to chase down the Winkler Flyers, playing the 10th place OCN Blizzard, the 5th place Waywayseecappo Wolverines, and the 9th place Winnipeg Blues, but let it slip away giving up 13 goals while only scoring eight. The Stamps’ dropped a 4-0 decision Wednesday in OCN, found a way to score late in the third period and overtime to beat Wayway 3-2 Saturday, and fell 7-5 to the Blues on home ice Sunday.
A hot topic all year has been penalties, something the Stampeders need to fix before the playoffs. In three games last week the Stamps’ were penalized 19 times, amassing to 41 minutes in the penalty box, two of those also came with 10 minute misconducts. Out of those 19 penalties, the team was scored on seven times, dropping their penalty kill to 79.9%.
The team has also been snake bitten on the man advantage, only scoring on two of their 15 power play opportunities. The team does hold down the second best power play in the league which is running at 79.9%.
With just four games remaining in the MJHL regular season, the Stampeders will need a big week to turn it around.
4-0 loss to OCN Wednesday February 12.
Goals by: None
3-2 OT win over Wayway Saturday February 15.
Goals by: Frazer Dodd (2), Josh Maucieri
7-5 loss to Winnipeg Sunday February 16
Goals by: Tommy Cardinal, Daunte Fortner, Trevor Schroder, Josh Maucieri, & Jackson Betcher.
The Three Stars of the Week is awarded week-to-week with points being collected throughout the season.
The top three players will be presented a special gift this Sunday February 23, prior to puck drop.
Three stars point system is as follows:
1st Star = 5 points
2nd Star = 3 points
3rd Star = 1 point
THREE STARS (Feb 10 – Feb 17)
Jackson Betcher continues to show why he loves playing for his hometown club, picking up three points last week. The Swan River, MB product impresses fans every time he steps on the ice. The 18-year-old scored another highlight reel goal Sunday night, going coast-to-coast against the Winnipeg Blues. On numerous occasions throughout the season the youngster has shown his skill and speed, which has only gotten better since opening night. In 53 games the 6’1” 190 lbs defenceman has collected 8 goals, adding 13 assists for 21 points.
Frazer Dodd is this weeks second star, collecting a pair of goals against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines Saturday night. The Hazelton, BC product returned to the Stampeder lineup a week ago and has already changed the look of the teams offence. After a tough 4-0 loss Wednesday in OCN, Dodd would snap the Stampeders out of their 112:13 goalless drought early in the third period. The 20-year-old would then go on to score the overtime winner just seconds after the puck was dropped. The 5’11” 165 lbs forward has dressed in 42 games scoring 17 goals, adding 17 assists for 34 points.
Josh Maucieri takes over this weeks first star selection scoring two goals, and adding a pair of assists in three games. Fans across the valley are calling him the most versatile player they have seen in years. The 21-year-old continues to play both forward and defence, putting up points doing so. Starting off the week playing forward in OCN, an injury had him return to the back end for the weekend where he collected all of his points. The product of Crosby, MN, USA picked up an assist and scored the game tying goal late in the third period against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines Saturday night. The 6’2” 181 lbs forward – converted defenceman – picked up an assist and scored a power play marker Sunday against the Blues. In 56 games with the Stampeders, he has collected 15 goals, adding 32 assists for 47 points.
Honourable mentions this week go out to Tommy Cardinal (1G, 1A), Trevor Schroder (1G), & Luke Beerman (3A).
The Stampeders have another busy week ahead with three games in five nights. Swan will travel to Waywayseecappo Wednesday February 19 for their sixth and final matchup with the Wolverines. The team will then host the first place Steinbach Pistons in a pair of games Saturday and Sunday at the Centennial Arena. Saturday’s game is Ag Appreciation night, and is presented by the Swan Valley Animal Protection League.
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Point Leaders (2019-20)
24 – Josh Maucieri
22 – Trevor Schroder
15 – Nathan Carl
14 – Tommy Cardinal
14 – Frazer Dodd
10 – Mikael Foucher
9 – Luke Beerman
9 – Carter Cockburn
8 – Jackson Betcher
6 – Ryley Lanthier
6 – Josh Beauchemin
5 – Daunte Fortner
4 – Parker Johnson
3 – Lane Kirk
2 – Leyson Coleman
1 – Tanner Glasrud
1 – Callum Fortin
1 – John Jebamani