Going 2-0 last week, the Stampeders seemed to have found their winning ways after a bit of a struggle around the Christmas break. Since returning from the break, the team has gone 4-2-1 improving their record to 27-13-4.
Swan played both of their games on the road last week, scoring 10 goals between the two games, while only giving up four. Parker Rey would start the game in OCN, but was replaced by Mikael Foucher after sustaining an injury. Foucher came on in relief for the second and third periods, helping the Stampeders to their 26th win of the year. Foucher would get the start in Neepawa, turning aside 27/28 shots, collecting his 17th win of the year.
The Stampeders cut their penalty troubles in half last week, only giving up 12 power plays to their opposition over the course of 120 minutes. A stat the Stampeders have been working on all year. Swan’s penalty killers were on top of their game both nights, only giving up one power play goal against, which came at the hands of the OCN Blizzard late in the first period.
Swan Valley’s power play also got a jolt of life over the last two outings. The team would find a way to score two power play markers in each of their wins last week.
A couple of firsts also took place for a pair of 18-year-old defenceman during Friday’s win against the Natives. Austen McIvor and Colton Sun would score their first goals as a Stampeder, three minutes apart in the first period.
5-3 win over OCN Wednesday January 15.
John Jebamani, Carter Cockburn (2), Nathan Carl, and Luke Beerman.
5-1 win over Neepawa Friday January 17.
Austen McIvor, Colton Sun, Nathan Carl, leyson Coleman, and Lane Kirk.
The Three Stars of the Week is awarded week-to-week with points being collected throughout the season.
The top three players will be presented an award before our final home game of the regular season.
Three stars point system is as follows:
1st Star = 5 points
2nd Star = 3 points
3rd Star = 1 point
Check back every Monday for the Paull Funeral Home & Crematorium, Three Stars of the week.
THREE STARS (Jan 6 – Jan 13)
Leyson Coleman returns as the third star this week, picking up three points in two games. The 20-year-old from Lac la Biche, AB, collected a pair of assists, one of which was on Carter Cockburn’s game winning goal during a 5-3 win against OCN. The 6’3” 201 lbs forward also tucked in his ninth of the year during the second period of Friday nights 5-1 win in Neepawa. Coleman has put up career high numbers so far this year scoring 9 goals, adding 10 assists in 43 games.
Carter Cockburn returned to form last week after sitting out an extended period of time. The 18-year-old would score two big goals in OCN Wednesday, January 15. The 5’11” 161 lbs product of Swan River, MB has also put up more points this year than the previous, collecting 10 goals, adding 9 assists in 34 games with the Stampeders.
Nathan Carl is this weeks first star. The 5’9” 154 lbs offensively gifted forward scored the game tying goal in OCN Wednesday evening. Carl would also pick up a pair of assists and score on a short handed breakaway Friday night in Neepawa. In 44 games with the Stampeders, the Sherwood Park, AB native has scored 20 goals, adding 15 assists for 35 points.
Honourable mentions this week go out to Josh Maucieri (3A), Daunte Fortner (2A), Luke Beerman (1G,1A), Lane Kirk (1G,1A), Colton Sun (1G,1A).
The Stampeders are on a bit of a break in their scheduling due to the upcoming MJHL/SJHL Showcase in Regina, SK, Tuesday January 21st and Wednesday January 22nd. The Stampeders will be sending a big chunk of their team to this years showcase. Recently announced, Ryler Lantheir will be replacing Stampeder forward Frazer Dodd, who is recovering from a previous injury. Lanthier will be joined by teammates F – Nathan Carl, F – Josh Maucieri, D – John Jebamani, F – Tommy Cardinal, G – Mikael Foucher, F – Luke Beerman, Associate Coach Suneil Karod, & Athletic Therapist Kate Wiens.
The Stampeders will return to action Thursday, January 23rd when they Travel to Portage to face the Terriers. They will then travel to Dauphin Saturday, January 25 against the Kings. Puck drop on both games go at 7:30pm. Swan will round out their weekly schedule with a game at home Sunday, January 26th against the Steinbach Pistons. *Note* puck drop goes at 6pm.
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Point Leaders (2019-20)
21 – Trevor Schroder
16 – Josh Maucieri
14 – Frazer Dodd
11 – Tommy Cardinal
9 – Nathan Carl
7 – Jackson Betcher
6 – Ryley Lanthier
6 – Josh Beauchemin
6 – Carter Cockburn
6 – Luke Beerman
5 – Mikael Foucher
4 – Parker Johnson
3 – Lane Kirk
1 – Tanner Glasrud
1 – Leyson Coleman
1 – Callum Fortin
1 – John Jebamani