After struggling the first week back from the Christmas break, the Stampeders turned things around last week, picking up four of six points and improving their record to 25-13-4.
The teams penalty trouble continues to be front and centre. Over the course of the three games last week, the team was penalized 23 times. Though the team gave up 46 penalty minutes, they were only scored on 4 times, 3 of which came in a 7-3 loss in Virden.
Speaking of scoring, the team found it Tuesday night, exploding for eight goals against Waywayseecappo, they found the back of the net three times against Virden, and twice against Neepawa. The team continues to find scoring from all over their lineup (explained below) as they push for the playoffs.
Last week was also trade deadline for all junior hockey teams across Canada. Teams had to be down to 23 players by 5pm Friday January 10. The Stampeders were very active on the trade front, acquiring three key pieces for their playoff run, and future. Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff added 18-year-old defenceman Colton Sun (Selkirk), 19-year-old defenceman Danny Griffith (Grand Falls), and 19-year-old goalie Parker Rey (Battlefords). The team did unfortunately have to say goodbye to one of their talented blue-liners Friday, sending 19-year-old Mattias Dal Monte to Alberni of the BCHL. They also parted ways with backup goaltender Jaden Little. We want to thank both players for their hard work and determination during their time in the Valley. We wish them all the best in the future.
Two of Barry Wolff’s acquisitions were in the lineup for Saturday’s win over the Neepawa Natives, and both helped out in the win. Colton Sun picked up his first assist with his new club, while Parker Rey pitched a shutout – first in the MJHL, first as a Stampeder – stopping all 27 shots he faced.
8-3 Win over Waywayseecappo Tuesday January 7.
Luke Beerman, Parker Johnson (2), Josh Maucieri, Callum Fortin, Nathan Carl, Tommy Cardinal, and Trevor Schroder.
7-3 loss to Virden Thursday January 9.
Josh Maucieri, Jamie Valentino, and Ryley Lanthier.
2-0 win over Neepawa Saturday January 11.
Josh Maucieri, Ryley Lanthier.
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 an award before our final home game of the regular season.
Three stars point system is as follows:
1st Star = 5 points
2nd Star = 3 points
3rd Star = 1 point
Check back every Monday for the Paull Funeral Home & Crematorium, Three Stars of the week.
THREE STARS (Jan 6 – Jan 13)
Parker Johnson is this weeks third star. The 5’11” 170 lbs shifty forward continues to grow at the Junior level. The 18-year-old from Elkhorn, MB scored two goals helping his team to a 8-3 Stampeder win Tuesday, January 7 against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. In 38 games with the Stampeders, Johnson has scored 8 goals, adding 5 assists for 13 points.
Josh Maucieri has been red hot as of late, scoring three goals in three games last week. The 20-year-old speedster from Crosby, MN, USA, had been playing defence for the team before the Christmas break due to injuries. Despite his lack of goal scoring early on, the converted forward helped the team defend against some of the leagues top players. The 6’2” 181 lbs forward scored one goal in each of their games last week, including a power play marker against Wayway. In 112 games with the Stampeders, Maucieri has scored 23 goals, adding 52 assists for 75 points.
Ryley Lanthier continues to impress fans in the Swan River Valley. The Surrey, BC native scored two goals and added three helpers over the course of three games last week. The hard nosed, two-way player has found his scoring touch since being acquired from the Canmore Eagles – Melfort Mustangs, December 1. By comparison, in 21 games between the two clubs (Melfort/Canmore) he scored 7 goals, adding 9 assists for 16 points. In just 12 games with the Stampeders, the 20-year-old has tied that point total, scoring 5 goals, adding 11 assists. Safe to say the youngster is enjoying his role, and time in Swan River.
Honourable mentions this week go out to Daunte Fortner (4A), Luke Beerman (1G 3A), Jamie Valentino (1G), and Trevor Schroder (1G, 2A).
The Holiday Cash Lotto also took place Saturday night at the Centennial Arena. Once again we thank all volunteers who made this possible, and to everyone who purchased a ticket, your continued efforts are instrumental in the success of team. For a full list of the winners click the link here >> https://www.stampedershockey.com/holiday-cash-lotto-winners-3
The Stampeders will take their game on the road this week, playing in OCN Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00pm and Friday, January 17 at 7:30pm in Neepawa.
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Point Leaders (2019-20)
21 – Trevor Schroder
14 – Frazer Dodd
13 – Josh Maucieri
11 – Tommy Cardinal
9 – Nathan Carl
7 – Jackson Betcher
6 – Josh Beauchemin
6 – Carter Cockburn
6 – Luke Beerman
5 – Mikael Foucher
3 – Parker Johnson
3 – Lane Kirk
1 – Ryley Lanthier
1 – Tanner Glasrud
1 – Leyson Coleman
1 – Callum Fortin
1 – John Jebamani