The Swan Valley Stampeders started their quest for the Turnbull Cup with a huge 6-3, game 1 win over the Dauphin Kings Friday March 8th.
The Dauphin Kings took the play to the Stampeders for most of the first period tonight which allowed them to jump out to an early lead. Brendan Arnold opened the scoring at 4:11 banging home his first of the post season on the power play. Grady Hobbs scored nine minutes later and the Dauphin Kings held a 2-0 lead after the first.
The Stampeders found another gear in the middle frame scoring five goals and giving the Swan River faithfull an exciting period of Junior A hockey. Hometown kid Josh Tripp scored from his backside at 7:53 picking up his first of the post season. Alex Uryga jumped through the entire Dauphin team off the ensuing face-off and scored a beauty six seconds later to tie the game at two. Before the goal was announced, Tucker Scantlebury deflected home his first of the post season 11 seconds later. In 17 seconds the Stampeders turned this game around and never looked back as Kasyn Kruse scored off a rebound at 12:02 and Tanner Glasrud banked one off the end boards, off the goalie and in at 16:25. After forty minutes of play the Stampeders held a 5-2 lead.
Tucker Scantlebury picked up his second of the game at 15:04 of the third period on a mad scramble in front of the Dauphin net. Cole DeKoninck scored 22 seconds later but it wasn’t enough as the high flying offence of the Stampeders proved to be to much for the Dauphin Kings in Game one. Final score 6-3 Swan.
Swan now holds a 1-0 series lead in the best of 7 quarter final series. Game two will be Sunday March 10th at 7:30pm in Dauphin. Catch all the action live on HockeyTV.com