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 accumulating throughout the season. The top three will players will be recognized and presented an award during our final home game of the season.
The Swan Valley Stampeders improved their overall record to 18-17-1-3 this past weekend in Neepawa picking up another three points. Swan Valley lost 7-6 in overtime Friday night then followed that up with a dominating 5-1 win. Saturday night’s contest was the first time the Stampeders held the Titans to just one goal against, a testament to the Stampeders’ solid defensive play and solid goaltending.
Neepawa jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead Friday night at the Madhouse on Mountain and stunned the Stampeders. Swan Valley found a way back into the game in the second period scoring four straight goals, (natural hat-trick by Carter Cockburn), to give them a comfortable lead right? Wrong, the Titans battled back to take a 6-5 lead with just over four minutes remaining in the game. The Stampeders were able to tie the game with less than two minutes left in the third to send it to overtime but it was Cameron Trimble who played hero and the Titans skated to a wild 7-6 win.
The Stampeders had a massive bounce-back game Saturday defeating the Titans 5-1. Swan was able to shut down any offence the Titans came at them with and completely disrupted their attacks. So much so that the Stampeders only allowed 19 shots on net, one of which ended up behind Kobe Grant late in the third period.
Swan Valley will need to continue this solid play into this week as they take on the top two teams in the West Division. The Dauphin Kings will be in town Wednesday, Feb. 2 and then the Stampeders travel south to face the Waywayseecappo Wolverines Friday night with a return game at home Saturday, Feb. 5.
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 23. – Jan. 30)
Jacob Paler-Chow had another solid weekend for the Stampeders collecting two points against the fourth-place Neepawa Titans. The 20-year-old scored the game’s opening goal Saturday night then added an assist on the game-winning goal. The Vancouver, B.C. product sits seventh in team scoring with 21 points (8G, 13A).
Quinn Mulder has been a player who continues to bring his “A” game and is being rewarded offensively for his hard work. The 20-year-old from Terrace, B.C. collected a goal in each of the games this weekend, scoring a short-handed breakaway goal Friday and added a power play marker Saturday night. The 6’2” 200lbs sits second in team scoring with 34 points (12G, 22A).
Carter Cockburn has been on fire since the Christmas break and continued his solid play this past weekend in Neepawa. The 20-year-old Swan River product collected a natural hat-trick Friday night in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Titans and followed that up with another goal Saturday in a 5-1 win over Neepawa. The 6’2” 220 lbs. captain sits first in team scoring, and 10th in league scoring with 40 points (17G, 23A).
The Stampeders’ next action will be Wednesday, Feb. 2 when they host the Dauphin Kings at the Centennial Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m..
Tickets for Wednesday night’s game can be purchased at Patty’s Sports Excellence, online at stampedershockey.com or at the door. Reminder – only 250 fans are allowed into the game.
Don’t forget, the Stamps Cash Lotto is well underway. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased from any Stampeder board member, from Patty’s Sports Excellence, Cook & Cooke or the Swan Valley Star and times. You can also purchase by calling 204.281.4255 or visit our site directly at – stampedershockey.square.site/cash-lotto – please use the promo code LOTTO for free mail delivery. You MUST purchase a Stamps Cash Lotto ticket in order to purchase the add-on 50/50 ticket. The draw will take place Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, after our home game against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
STANDINGS (Point Leaders)
15 – Carter Cockburn
13 – Cody Barnes
9 – Kobe Grant
8 – Quinn Mulder
6 – Adam Rajsigl
4 – Callum Fortin
3 – Brad Fortin
3 – Trey Sauder
3 – Tyler Park
3 – Jacob Paler-Chow
3 – Justin Keck
2 – Myles Mason
2 – Collin Jennings
2 – Dylan Black
1 – Darius Makse