Swan River, MB. – The Swan Valley Stampeders fell to the Dauphin Kings 4-3 in double-overtime Saturday night at the Centennial Arena, falling 29 seconds into the second overtime period.
No one said it would be easy, and this year’s playoffs have showed just that. The Stampeders found themselves behind the 8-ball 4:21 into the game as Jayden Harris collected his second of the post-season and giving the road team the game’s first goal. Callum Halls responded for the Stampeders, scoring his first of the playoffs snapping one past Cole Sheffield four minutes later, tying the game 1-1. Jakob Jones found some open ice, and snapped home his second of the playoffs with less than 30 seconds left in the first period to take a 2-1 lead into the second period.
Dauphin found a way to tie the game as Mathew Gough beat Kobe Grant at 13:45 and Anthony Bax scored two minutes later to give the Kings a 3-2 lead with 20 minutes to play.
The Stampeders had other plans as Justin Keck tied the game at 9:04 of the third period and for the second consecutive night, both teams needed overtime to solve this one.
The first 10 minute overtime was back-and-forth with both teams creating solid chances but neither team could find the back of the net and it was off to double-overtime for the second straight night.
It took just 29 seconds of the period for Deepkaran Hans to slide one home and the Kings live to see another day.
Dauphin – 42
Swan Valley – 31
The best-of-seven first round series will shift back to Dauphin Tuesday, Apr. 4 at Credit Union Place. Puck drop is set for 7:30 pm..
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