The Swan Valley Stampeders fall 7-4 to the Neepawa Titans in a high scoring affair Friday night at the Yellowhead Centre.
The Stampeders offence was led by Cody Barnes (2G), Quinn Mulder (1G) and Dharan Cap (1G), while Kobe Grant took the loss in net.
The Stampeders didn’t show up on time for tonight’s game in Neepawa, quickly finding themselves 2-0 3:46 into the game. Brady Strange beat Kobe Grant from the point, scoring his first of the year at 3:18 of the first period. Will Highet was Johnny on the spot, sneaking behind the sleeping stampeder defence and redirecting home his sixth of the year 28 seconds later. Swan Valley’s offence slowly got rolling past the midway point of the opening frame. Dharan Cap was left all alone in the slot, snapping one five-hole on Gavin Renwick for his first as a Stampeder at 12:40. Cody Barnes continues to have a hot hand, scoring his first of the night on a solo effort four minutes later, sending both teams to the dressing room tied 2-2.
Quinn Mulder redirected home his second of the year, giving the Stampeders their first lead of the game 28 seconds into the second period. Neepawa responded nine minutes later as Rylan Gudnason picked a corner on Grant, scoring his sixth of the year on the PP. John Blake regained the Titans lead, going end-to-end and wiring one low blocker side with three seconds left in the middle frame.
Neepawa added to their lead 3:19 into the final frame as Brayden Michalchuk sent a shot on net that found the post, then the back of the net giving the Titans a 5-3 lead. Cody Barnes crashed the net, pushing home his second of the game and 8th of the year a minute. Dallon Wilton was left all alone in-front of the goal and had several whacks at a loose puck before sending it over Grant for his first of the year, giving the Titans a 6-4 lead with 2:39 left in the game. Trimble added an empty net goal late in the game and the Titans skate to a 7-4 win over the Stampeders.
Swan Valley – 24
Neepawa – 30
The Stampeders fall two spots in the standing with tonight’s road loss and now sit with a record of 4-6-0-1. Swan Valley will need a much better defensive effort on home ice Saturday Oct. 23 to regain their push up the standings as they host the Titans for the fourth and final time in this four game mini-series.
Make sure to follow us on all social media platforms tomorrow for a take over from the Swan Valley Consumers Co-op as part of their Fan Appreciation Game. Reminder to everyone planning to attend that goodies will be handed out during the first TV timeout in the first period and there will be giveaways throughout the game. Make sure to get entered in the draw box as you enter the Centennial Arena for your chance to win.
While waiting for the game Saturday night, be sure to purchase a 50/50 ticket. Our online system allows you to buy from anywhere, anytime before our weekly game. To purchase your 50/50 tickets please click the link provided here https://www.fundingchange.ca/svstampeders/YWWx_WWcbUSuF4jE