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 players will be recognized and presented an award during our final home game of the season.
The Swan Valley Stampeders went 0-2 last week giving up 10 goals against and only scoring one of their own. Travelling south, the Stamps looked to snap out of their recent three game losing streak but instead, ran into two red hot teams as of late and the losing streak has now climbed to five straight games.
Both goaltenders earned a star of the week despite taking a loss in net. Elias Giaccari-Dimitriou and Kyle Abrahamson each endured a painfully high amount of shots against in each of their starts this past weekend and stood tall despite the workload.
Swan has two games this week and both are on home ice. This weekend is very special to both the Stampeders and the town of Swan River. It’s parents weekend along with a very special game night Friday at the Centennial Arena.
The Swan Valley Stampeders are proud to partner with the Campbell family and Amara’s Amigos to increase awareness for childhood cancer and raise funds for cancer research and advancements with a special game night.
Amara Campbell’s story has already touched so many people in our community. Amara lost her fight with Osteosarcoma in September 2020 after an 18-month battle. But it was her strength, courage and light through an extremely difficult time that is remembered most.
Wearing purple Amara’s Amigos jerseys, we will honour the memories of both Amara Campbell and her brother Joel – who tragically lost his life in a snowmobile accident during her battle – through the sport they both loved. The design was inspired by Amara’s Amigos colours and the logo that has already inspired so many supporters to donate money to help find hope for other families battling cancer diagnosis. It features a blue heart on the right chest for Joel.
These jerseys are a symbol of hope to keep fighting, even during the most difficult times.
On Friday, Feb. 9, we invite everyone to come out in support of Amara’s Amigos and help us raise funds for the PROFYLE Program, through the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, so that other children living with cancer receive the treatments they so desperately need.
A ceremonial puck drop with the Campbell family and Amara’s Amigos will take place before the game. Students ages 17 and under will be free for the event and we encourage all friends and family to attend what is sure to be an amazing evening.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. but come early to take advantage of raffle and donation opportunities as well as the special opening ceremony.
If you are not able to attend and want to contribute, please click the link to donate https://stampedershockey.square.site/amara
Three star point system is as follows:
1st Star = 3 points
2nd Star = 2 points
3rd Star = 1 point
THREE STARS (Jan. 28 – Feb. 4)
Kyle Abrahamson takes over the third star of the week after the 19-year-old was peppered in the net Sunday against Winkler. The 6’4” 196lbs goaltender from Esko MN, USA faced 60 shots in a rare afternoon game. Abrahamson now sits with a .921SV% and 4.08 GAA.
Elias Giaccari-Dimitriou slides into the second star position this week after he too suffered a barrage of shots against Saturday night in Portage. The 19-year-old saw 53 shots directed his way in a 3-1 loss to the Terriers. EDG now sits with a .902SV% and 4.06 GAA.
Darius Makse was the only stampeder to score a goal over the last two games. The goal was an absolute beauty as the big man showed some hands, pulled off the wall and wired home his team leading 13th goal of the season Saturday night. Makse now sits with 26 points (13G, 13A).
Callum Halls – 8
Darius Makse – 8
Landen Gulutzan – 6
Dobie Unrau – 3
Kyle Abrahamson – 3
Aidan Taylor -3
Matthew Munro – 3
Amar Powar – 2
Elias Giaccari-Dimitriou – 1