It’s time for another Three Stars of the Week, which is brought to you by Paull Funeral Home and Crematorium. Every Monday we will be awarding three players who had a big week and giving them stars. We will be doing this week-to-week with points being collected throughout the season. The top three will players will be recognized and presented an award during our final home game of the regular season.
Swan Valley picked up three out of four points on home ice this past weekend. Swan Valley defeated the Portage Terriers 4-1 Friday night but fell to the Selkirk Steelers 3-2 in overtime Saturday night.
The Stampeders played one of their best games to date when the Terriers came to town Friday. Swan Valley did give up a pile of shots but Kobe Grant was there to answer the bell, stopping 37/38 shots he faced for his 14th win of the season. Alex Walicki led his team with a two-goal performance.
Saturday night’s game was a chippy affair against the Steelers, one that cost the Stampeders in the end. Kobe Grant came on in relief of Loic Mainguy-Crepault, 1:08 into the first period after an equipment failure. The Stampeders had a tough time finding offence through forty minutes of play but were able to tie the game in the third period, which forced overtime. Swan Valley was assessed 10 minor penalties throughout the game, including a double minor to close out the third period. Selkirk took full advantage on the power play, scoring on one in the second period, and added another power play marker in overtime.
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 (Jan. 15 – Jan. 22)
Kobe Grant has been a massive leader both on and off the ice this season, and he proved to be one of the best this weekend. Grant got the nod Friday night against the top-ranked team in the MJHL and stole the show. The 6’1” 180lbs Goaltender from Vernon, BC stopped 37/38 shots to help his team gain two points. He followed that up with an unexpected game as Loic Mainguy-Crepault had an equipment issue very early on and couldn’t continue to play. Grant came on in relief and stopped 41/44 shots he faced, helping his team gain a point Saturday night. The stampeders net minder sits second in the league with a .933 SV%.
Ashton Fishley makes his first-ever appearance on the three star selections, and it’s not just for chipping in offensively this past weekend. The 19-year-old from Balcarres, SK is a shot-blocking machine and lays his body on the line every time he steps on the ice. The 6’1” 195lbs defenceman was able to collect an assist during Friday night’s 4-1 win and followed that up with the game-tying goal Saturday against Selkirk. The Saskatchewan product has collected 9 points (2G, 7A) in 33 games.
Alex Walicki had another enormous week for the Stampeders, collecting a pair of goals Friday night. The 19-year-old from Calgary, AB help his team claim victory, scoring the go-ahead goal at the end of the second and adding a short-handed breakaway insurance marker in the third to help his team defeat the Portage Terriers. The 5’11” 185lbs forward has collected 12 points (6G, 6A) in 25 games.
18 – Jakob Jones
15 – Trey Sauder
9 – Kobe Grant
7 – Steven Arp
7 – Collin Jennings
6 – Justin Keck
6 – Adam Rajsigl
5 – Noah Wilson
5- Josh Danis
4 – Myles Mason
4 – Warren Marcotte
3 – Loic Mainguy-Crepault
2 – Griffin Ayotte
1 – Darius Makse
1 – Tyler Park