The Swan Valley Stampeders had a rough start to 2020. The team returned to action with back-to-back losses on home ice over the weekend. The team struggled to find offence in a 3-1 loss to the Winkler Flyers Friday night, and penalty trouble proved to be costly in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Neepawa Natives Saturday.
Swan dropped their second straight game to the Neepawa Natives, but picked up a big point with their overtime loss Saturday night. With the teams so close in the MJHL Standings, a night or two off can prove costly as they compete for a playoff spot.
Penalties and goal scoring seems to be an issue as of late. Over the course of their last three home games, the Stampeders have spent 42 minutes in the penalty box and have only scored five goals.
3-1 loss to Winkler January 3.
4-3 OT loss to Neepawa January 4.
Tommy Cardinal, Nathan Carl, and 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 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 30 – Jan 6)
Tanner Glasrud is this weeks third star. The 6’7” 201 lbs defenceman didn’t collect any points, just penalty minutes, as he returned to the Stampeder lineup in a “big” way. After sitting out almost a month due to an injury, the Delano, MN, USA product created a buzz from the crowd with his physical play manning the blue-line. In 18 games with the Stampeders he has collected two assists.
Trevor Schroder returned to the Stampeders in 2020, continuing right where he left off. The 6’3” 216 lbs power forward collected a pair of assists, making him this weeks second star. The Des Moines, IA, USA native picked up both assists Saturday night against the Neepawa Natives. In 37 games with the Stampeders, the big man has scored 14 goals, adding 21 assists for 35 points.
This weeks first star is Swan River, MB native Jackson Betcher. The 18-year-old continues to find offence for the Stampeders. The 6’1” 190 lbs smooth skating defenceman, scored the game tying goal with 3:48 left in third period against the Neepawa Natives Saturday. The local product has dressed in 36 games, collecting five goals, adding seven assists for 12 points.
Honourable mentions this week go out to Nathan Carl (1G), Tommy Cardinal (1G), and Leyson Coleman (1G).
The Stampeders will regroup and get ready for three games this week. The first of which will be at home Tuesday January 7 against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. The game is a presentation of WAMMA Swan River. Swan will then travel to Virden for a meeting with the Oil Capitals Thursday January 9, and return home Saturday January 11 to face the Neepawa Natives. The game is presented by Special Olympics. Also the Holiday Cash Lotto draws will take place immediately following the game. Tickets are available online or by contacting any board member.
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Point Leaders (2019-20)
18 – Trevor Schroder
17 – Mattias Dal Monte
14 – Frazer Dodd
13 – Josh Maucieri
11 – Tommy Cardinal
9 – Nathan Carl
6 – Josh Beauchemin
6 – Carter Cockburn
6 – Luke Beerman
5 – Mikael Foucher
3 – Parker Johnson
3 – Lane Kirk
2 – Jackson Betcher
1 – Ryley Lanthier
1 – Leyson Coleman
1 – Callum Fortin
1 – John Jebamani