The Swan Valley Stampeders continued their MJHL regular season schedule this past weekend, splitting their weekend mini-series with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
In case you missed it, the Stampeders dropped their first game of the season Friday night (Oct. 23), losing 6-4 to the Wolverines in Waywayseeccappo. Swan Valley rebounded on home ice the following night, by way of a 5-3 win, keeping them atop the Northwest Division with a 5-1 record.
Friday’s game saw the Stampeders score at the 6:45 mark of the first period and only held a lead for just over seven and a half minutes before Wayway’s offence kicked in. the Stampeders would try to play catch up for most of the game but penalty trouble once again was the back breaker. The Wolverines scored two power play goals and one short-handed breakaway goal to propel them past the first place Stampeders at the Waywayseecappo Arena Complex. Jackson Zloty, Noah Fladager, Haydn Delorme and Alex Danis scored for the Stampeders in their first loss of the season.
Swan Valley rebounded on home ice Saturday night and it was all thanks to the man they call “Le Mur” – 20-year-old goaltender Mikael Foucher – who backstopped his team to the 5-3 win, stopping 53/56 shots he faced.
Scoring isn’t a concern so far this season as the Stampeders put up another 9 goals for over the weekend against the Wolverines. What is concerning is the penalties the team continues to take. In just two games against Wayway, the Stamps’ took 18 minor penalties against and a major. Quick addition, that’s 51 penalty minutes and it’s starting to be a major issue. The team now sits second in the league for penalty minutes with 154, averaging 25.6 per game. If the team wants to be successful this year, that statistic has to change soon.
The “Three Stars of the Week” is brought to you by Paull Funeral Home & Crematorium, and will be awarded week-to-week with points being collected throughout the season. The top three will players will be recognized at the end of the season.
Three stars point system is as follows:
1st Star = 3 points
2nd Star = 2 points
3rd Star = 1 point
Check back every Monday for the Paull Funeral Home & Crematorium, Three
Stars of the week.
THREE STARS (October 18 – October 25)
Carter Cockburn is this week’s third star recipient. The Swan River, MB product picked up his first three points of the year this weekend in their two game mini-series against Wayway. The 19-year-old has looked faster every game since returning to the line-up. Cockburn picked up an assist Friday night in a 6-4 loss, but finished the weekend strong with a goal (game winner) and an assist Saturday.
Noah Fladager is a fresh face to the Three Stars of the Week awards and is most deserving of it after a pair of games against Waywayseecappo. The 19-year-old shifty forward scored in back-to-back games against the Wolverines collecting his second and third goals of the developing season. The Campbell River, BC native tied the game Friday night at two scoring at the 4:44 mark of the middle frame and opened the scoring, on the power play, Saturday at home.
Haydn Delorme propelled his way to the top this week after a couple of outstanding performances against Wayway. The 20-year-old is making noise around the league, taking over first place in scoring with 14 points. The product of Port Moody, BC collected three goals and two assists in the weekend split against the Wolverines.
The Stampeders will resume their regular season schedule Friday night (Oct 30.) at home against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. If you cannot make it to the game, you can listen live on GX94radio.com with Benny Walchuk, or catch all the action on HockeyTV.com. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and puck drop is set for 7 p.m..
4 – Alex Danis
3 – Mikael Foucher
2 – Jackson Zloty
2 – Quinn Mulder
1 – Haydn Delorme