In the final edition of the Paull Funeral Home and Crematorium “3 Stars of the Week” for 2019, we take a look back through the first half of the season, where several things come to mind.
First off, the Swan Valley Stampeders have scored a total of 139 goals, 20 goals fewer than last year at the Christmas break. The team has given up 105 goals against, 3 fewer than last year at this exact time. The Stampeders record so far through the 2019/20 season sits at a very impressive 23-11-3, which has almost mirrored last year’s record of 24-7-4. This is simply amazing if you’re a Stampeder fan, hockey is alive and well in the Valley.
The team also had a minor setback with the resignation of Head Coach and General Manager Geoff Grimwood early on in December. The resignation allowed the opportunity for last year’s Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff to step in and take over for the remainder of the season. Under Wolff, the team has gone 5-1 in less than two weeks.
Jumping ahead in time, The Stampeders finished off their 2019 portion of their schedule last week, posting a record of 1-1. The Stampeders defeated the OCN Blizzard 7-2 Wednesday, December 18, but would have their recent win, and point streak snapped by the visiting Portage Terriers Saturday, December 21. Despite a 3-1 loss to the Terriers, the club has gone 7-2-1-0 in their last ten games, picking up points in eight of those games.
7-2 win over OCN on December 18.
Ryley Lanthier, Luke Beerman, Tommy Cardinal, Daunte Fortner, Josh Maucieri, Frazer Dodd, and Nathan Carl.
3-1 loss to Portage on December 21.
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 (Dec 16 – Dec 23)
Ryley Lanthier hasn’t been with the team for long, but has been a huge impact player. The 20-year-old was acquired on the December 1 cut down date, and hasn’t disappointed. The tight checking, hardnosed forward from Surrey, BC collected a goal and an assist against the Blizzard last week. Since joining the Stampeders, Lanthier has dressed in 7 games, scoring 3 goals, adding 5 assists.
Lane Kirk’s solid play, both defensively and offensively, has gained him the second star of the week. The 19-year-old stay-at-home defenceman has been playing huge minutes for the Stampeders since returning from the Prince Albert Raiders last year. The 5’10” 170 lb Swan River product has quietly been putting up career numbers for his home town team this year. Kirk was in on three goals last week, assisting on two power play markers against OCN and Portage. In 37 games, he’s scored 1 goal while adding 13 assist.
Frazer Dodd had two strong outings last week in a Stampeder uniform, collecting four points in the two games, making him this week’s first star. The 5’11” 165 lb Hazelton, BC product picked up a goal and two assists last Wednesday against the OCN Blizzard, and would score the Stampeders only goal against the Portage Terriers Saturday night. The shifty forward has dressed in 37 games scoring 15 goals while adding 17 assists.
Honourable mentions go out to Mattias Dal Monte (2A), Nathan Carl (1G),Tommy Cardinal (1G), Daunte Fortner (1G), and Callum Fortin (1G).
The Stampeders have already entered their Christmas break and will return in the New Year for the back half of their schedule.
At this time, we want to wish all of our Corporate Sponsors, Billets, Volunteers, Staff and Management, along with the best fans in the entire MJHL, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
When the team returns to the Valley, they will get ready for two home games – Friday January 3rd against the Winkler Flyers, and Saturday January 4th against the Neepawa Natives.
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Point Leaders (2019-20)
18 – Trevor Schroder
17 – Mattias Dal Monte
13 – Josh Maucieri
11 – Tommy Cardinal
9 – Frazer Dodd
9 – Nathan Carl
6 – Josh Beauchemin
6 – Carter Cockburn
6 – Luke Beerman
5 – Mikael Foucher
3 – Parker Johnson
2 – Jackson Betcher
1 – Leyson Coleman
1 – Callum Fortin
1 – John Jebamani