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 returned to action with a pair of games against the OCN Blizzard on opening weekend. The Stampeders find themselves in a similar situation as they were at this time last year. Down 0-2 to start the year and sitting last place in the West Division. Hot starts aren’t apparently something the Stampeders fancy.
The team kicked off the season with a completely new looking group of players. 15 new faces made opening day roster with returning players Kobe Grant, Collin Jennings, Tyler Park, Trey Sauder, Darius Makse, Myles Mason, Adam Rajsigl, Cole Chauvette and Jayden Mosiondz.
Jitters may have been a factor in Friday night’s 4-1 loss to a very well structured Blizzard team. That, and Chase Hamm who put on a goaltending clinic against Swan Valley stopping 26/27 shots he faced. Hamm followed that up with another massive performance in the Blizzard crease, stopping 37/38 shots he faced Saturday night in a 3-1 win.
Swan was able to capitalize on only two power play chances all weekend and could not score anything 5-on-5.
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 (Sept. 11 – Sept.18)
Justin Keck has brought his game with him as a returning player to the Stampeder organization. His speed and quick release giving him a chance to score every time he steps on the ice earns him third star of the week. Keck, who hails from Morris, earned himself a power play assist Friday night during the MNP Home Opener.
Collin Jennings collected one goal over the weekend, scoring a power play marker during the second period of Saturday night’s game in OCN. Jennings, a North Vancouver, BC product, brings his leadership and physical play every night he steps on the ice.
Jakob Jones earned the first star award for his relentless play for his new team. The 19-year-old from Vernon, BC collected his first goal as a Stampeder, scoring on the power play Friday night at the Centennial Arena. His continued play making ability and play away from the puck is unreal to watch.
Swan Valley will now travel to Neepawa Tuesday Sept. 20 to face the Titans. Puck drop is set for 7:30 pm. The Stampeders will return to home ice Friday night (7 pm) to open up a home-and-home series against the Dauphin Kings. Friday night’s game is a proud presentation of the Empty Bobbin. Tickets are available at stampedershockey.com or at the door.