After two weeks of up and down hockey, the Swan Valley Stampeders put together an impressive 3-0-1 record last week, climbing their way into third place in the MJHL standings. The club would beat the OCN Blizzard Wednesday night at home 5-0, won 5-2 in Steinbach Friday, fell 3-2 in overtime to the Pistons Saturday, but rebounded with a huge 7-3 win Sunday in Winnipeg.
The Stampeders impressive play allowed them to pick up 7 out of 8 points over the course of seven days.
Before the 3-in-3 road trip, the organization was then hit with some unexpected news. Stampeder Head Coach and General Manager Geoff Grimwood had resigned effective immediately. Director of player personnel Darren Webster would take over for both games in Steinbach as the Interim HC/GM.
The 3-in-3 road swing was almost perfect going 2-0-1 in the south playing Steinbach Friday and Saturday, and Winnipeg Sunday. The only point left behind was the overtime lose to the Pistons Saturday.
Swan Valley would welcome back a familiar face in Winnipeg. Newly Appointed Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff would fly in Sunday, and would be on the bench in time to coach his team to a dominating 7-3 win over the Winnipeg Blues, who went 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
Won 5-0 over OCN Wednesday December 4.
Goals by: Carter Cockburn, Frazer Dodd, Mattias Dal Monte, Callum Fortin, and Daunte Fortner.
Won 5-2 In Steinbach Friday December 6.
Mattias Dal Monte (2), Leyson Coleman, Daunte Fortner, and Tommy Cardinal.
Lost 3-2 in OT Saturday December 7 in Steinbach
Nathan Carl, and Tommy Cardinal.
Won 7-3 in Winnipeg Sunday December 8
John Jebamani, Parker Johnson, Ryley Lanthier (2), Frazer Dodd, and Nathan Carl (2),
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 evening for the Paull Funeral Home & Crematorium, Three Stars of the week.
THREE STARS (Dec 2 – Dec 9)
Nathan Carl picks up this weeks 3rd star selection. The 19-year-old from Sherwood Park, AB collected three goals and an assist over the course of four games last week. The 5’9” 154 lbs shifty forward scored an unassisted wraparound goal Saturday against Steinbach, he would also add two goals and an assist in Sunday’s 7-3 win over Winnipeg. Carl has dressed in 32 games collecting 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points.
Frazer Dodd is this weeks second star. The 20-year-old from Hazelton, BC picked up six points last week in four games. 5’11” 165 lbs forward picked up a goal and an assist Wednesday against OCN, added two power play assists Friday in Steinbach, and added a goal and an assist Sunday in Winnipeg. Dodd has collected 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 32 games played with the Stampeders.
Mattias Dal Monte had a heck of a week, picking up three goals and three assists over the course of four games. Slight correction to the player of the week stats, but still impressive for the 19-year-old Nanaimo, BC native. Dal Monte would pick up a goal and an assist Wednesday against OCN, two power play goals Friday in Steinbach and would add two helpers Sunday against Winnipeg. The 6’3” 185 lbs defenceman, who was recently named a MJHL star of the week, leads his team with 36 points, (14 Goals, 22 assists) in 32 games.
Honourable mentions go out to Trevor Schroder (5A), Tommy Cardinal (2G, 3A), and Jackson Betcher (3A).
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Point Leaders (2019-20)
13 – Trevor Schroder
13 – Josh Maucieri
12 – Mattias Dal Monte
9 – Tommy Cardinal
7 – Nathan Carl
6 – Josh Beauchemin
6- Carter Cockburn
6 – Frazer Dodd
6 – Luke Beerman
5 – Mikael Foucher
3 – Parker Johnson
1- Leyson Coleman
1 – Jackson Betcher
1 – Callum Fortin
1 – John Jebamani