The Swan Valley Stampeders offence came alive in Waywayseecappo Thursday Sept. 30 but it wasn’t enough as the Wolverines held on to win 4-3, and remain undefeated on home-ice.
Before the game tonight both teams took part in an amazing ceremony at center ice as part of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Everyone watching live, or at home, witnessed the Blue Sky Drum Group perform, a prayer from Jim Cote and a ceremonial puck drop.
When the game started, the Stampeders forgot how to move their feet, allowing the Wolverines to jump on offence and take it to Swan Valley. The Stamps finally found their legs midway through the period but the damage had already started. Josh Peppler would turn over a puck and skate in alone, scoring his third of the year on a short-handed breakaway at 12:57 of the opening frame. Despite leading 12-9 on the shot clock, the Stampeders found themselves trailing 1-0 after the first period.
The second period was a wild one to say the least. Logan Wotton picked up his second of the year, 1:39 into the middle frame to increase the Wolverines lead to 2-0. Swan Valley responded 36 seconds later as Callum Fortin was left all alone in-front of the net and he made no mistake, smacking home his second of the year and cutting into WayWay’s lead. Troy Hamilton (8:34) and Logan Wotton (10:10) scored less than two minutes apart giving the Wolverines a commanding 4-1 lead after forty minutes of play.
The third period was finally what the Stampeder fans have been waiting for all season – speed, hitting, pushing the play and using their power play. Brad Fortin notched his first of the year on the power play with a beautiful bang-bang play in-front of the net 2:30 into the final frame. Jordan Gagnon grabbed his first of the season six and a half minutes later, sneaking in back-door and finishing off a beautiful heads up pass from Jamie Valentino but it wasn’t enough and the Wolverines held on for a 4-3 win.
Final Shots on goal
Swan Valley – 39
Wayway – 35
The next action for the Stampeders will be on home ice this Saturday Oct. 2 when they host the first place Wayway Wolverines. Puck drop is set for 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at Patty’s Sports Excellence, online at stampedershockey.com or at the door. Proof of vaccination is required to enter. If you cannot make it to the game, you can catch all the action live on hockeytv.com
While you wait for the game Saturday, make sure you purchase a 50/50 ticket. Our online system is back and you can once again purchase anytime in the days leading up to our next home game, which is Saturday Oct. 2. You can buy from home, work or from your seat at the game. To purchase your 50/50 tickets please click the link provided here >> https://www.fundingchange.ca/svstampeders/YUjYcWWcbUSuF4fO