The Swan Valley Stampeders drop to 7-10-0-2 on the season after losing 5-2 to the Dauphin Kings Friday night at the Centennial Arena.
The Stampeder offence was led by Adam Rajsigl who picked up two assists, Jacob Paler-Chow and Callum Fortin each collected a goal while Kobe Grant suffered the loss in net.
The opening 20 minutes of play was back and forth and was very entertaining to watch as both teams skated to a 0-0 tie at the end of the first period.
Dauphin started the second period off red hot collecting back-to-back goals five minutes apart. Tanner Brouwer collected his first of the season beating Grant 1:22 into the second period, opening the scoring and giving the Kings a 1-0 lead. Parker Malchuk scored five minutes later, beating Grant for his fourth of the year. Paler-Chow answered back less than 30 seconds later, snapping one upstairs over Carson Cherepak’s blocker for his third of the year. It was all Dauphin the rest of the period as they collected goals five minutes apart (Nick Braun 10:53 & Luke Morris 15:56), to hold a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Fortin pulled the Stampeders back within two at 4:13 of the third period but it wasn’t enough as the Kings added a fifth goal at 16:31 of the third period and skated to a 5-2 win on the road Friday night.
Final shots on goal
Dauphin – 34
Swan Valley – 32
Swan Valley now sits with a record of 7-10-0-2, one point behind third place in the West Division.
It will be a quick turnaround for both teams as they will face one another tomorrow night in Dauphin for the final time of their four-game mini-series. Puck drop is set for 7:30 pm at Credit Union Place.