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.
The Swan Valley Stampeders had another tough week, going 1-2, defeating the Neepawa Titans, then falling on the road to the Portage Terriers and the Winkler Flyers.
After seeing a team win Wednesday night at the Centennial Arena, Swan Valley had an opportunity to gain some traction in the West Division Friday night in Portage, but couldn’t get their power play to click throughout the game. Penalty killing has become a regular thing for the Stampeders as of late, and Bryden Kiesman made them pay. The Defenceman scored a pair of goals, one on the power play, in the 4-1 loss. The Stampeders had a chance to even out their road trip Saturday night in Winkler but failed to find any offence. Winkler scored one in the first and a pair in the third, one into an empty net, and the Flyers skated to a 3-1 win.
We have to take a moment and recognize the Stampeder goaltending this season. Kobe Grant may have ended up taking the losses in net Saturday and Sunday on the road, but the 20-year-old Vernon, B.C. product did everything he could to help his team win. The 6’1” 180lbs goaltender faced 88 shots in just two games.
A first also took place last weekend as Griffin Ayotte collected his first-ever MJHL goal, tipping home the team’s only goal in Portage last Friday night.
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 (Oct. 16 – Oct. 23)
Tyler Park continues to be a solid defender for the Stampeders. The Carman, Man. product has also contributed some offence in the first 15 games of the season. The 5’10” 170lbs defender sits 7th in team scoring with one goal and five assists.
Griffin Ayotte moves into the second star spot this week with a solid outing in Portage. The 6’1” 175lbs Forward from St-Jean Baptiste, Man. collected his first ever MJHL goal in a tough 4-1 loss Friday night at Stride Place.
Kobe Grant is a shining star that continues to show up every night for his club. Grant faced 88 shots in two games this past weekend and was able to stop 82 of them. Despite taking two losses, the 6’1” 180lbs goaltender from Vernon, B.C. gave his team a chance to win both nights posting a 3.00 GAA and a .932 SV%.
Swan Valley will now get set for a two-week home-stand that gets underway Friday, Oct. 28 against the Selkirk Steelers, a game proudly presented by the Swan Valley Credit Union. Saturday, Oct. 29, (vs the Winnipeg Freeze), is Halloween at the Corral. Everyone who dresses up will have a chance to win a Halloween prize pack worth $150. Any child that dresses up will have a chance to win prizes in our first intermission parade. The puck drop for both games is set for 7 p.m..
Tickets are available online at stampedershockey.com or at the door.
9 – Jakob Jones
5 – Justin Keck
3 – Myles Mason
3 – Kobe Grant
2 – Noah Wilson
2 – Myles Mason
2 – Collin Jennings
1 – Steven Arp
1 – Loic Mainguy-Crepault
1 – Adam Rajsigl