The Swan Valley Stampeders defeated the Neepawa Titans as their offence exploded for seven goals Saturday night at the Centennial Arena.
The Stampeder offence was led by Jamie Valentino (2G), Cody Barnes (2G) and Noah Fladager (1G, 2A while Dylan Black stopped 40/43 shots he faced for the win.
The Stampeders struck early in tonight’s contest, repaying the favour from the night before. Quinn Mulder notched his third of the season, opening the scoring 1:26 into the game. Valentino continued to find the score sheet for his team when he was left all alone in the slot, snapping one upstairs for his seventh of the year two minutes later. Barnes’s stick has been on fire the last two weeks as he too would find the back of the net 45 seconds later, giving the Stampeders a 3-0 lead 3:57 into the game and chasing Emerick Demers from the net. Jaeger Lapointe picked up his fifth of the year, beating black late in the first period getting the Titans on the board.
Adam Rajsigl sent a point shot on goal that handcuffed Gavin Renwick, giving the Stampeders a 4-1 lead at 11:06 of the middle frame. Valentino continued his dominating performance by sending home a rebound for his second of the game, and eighth of the year four minutes later.
Scoring resumed in the third period, and again it was Barnes 1:19 into the final frame. Connor Brust (3:31) and Rylan Gudnason (Penalty Shot 10:29) scored back-to-back goals seven minutes apart to make things interesting. Noah Fladager sealed the deal with his third of the year with 1:47 left in the game and the Stampeders skated to a dominating 7-3 win on home ice Saturday night.
The Stampeders did a fantastic job keeping the Titans off the score sheet tonight by defending well, blocking shots, using their speed on the attack and giving their goalie a chance on the PK.
Final shots on goal
Swan Valley 43
With the win on home ice, the Stampeders record now sits at 5-6-1-1 and they moved back into third overall in the West Division.
Next action for the Stampeders will be Friday, Oct. 29 at home when they host the Virden Oil Capitals. Note** Fridays game is Scare Away Hunger Night – bring a non-perishable food item, enter into the draw, and win a goodie bag filled with amazing items. It is also Halloween at the Corral – any child dressed up for the evening will receive a treat bag while entering from Stampeder players. They will also be asked to participate in a Halloween Costume Contest during the first intermission. The top three Halloween costumes will receive a prize, courtesy of CM Custom Moving Services and the Swan Valley Stampeders.