The Swan Valley Stampeders dropped a 6-3 decision to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines Friday night.
The Stampeders offence was led by Justin Keck and Ethan Matchim who each collected a goal while Kobe Grant suffered the loss on the road. Note** Matchim has now picked up three goals in his last three games, two of which have come on the power play.
The Stampeders got some much needed grit and physicality back into their lineup Friday night but it didn’t help as the Wolverines jumped out to an early 2 point lead. Kolton Shindle walked off the board untouched and wired one over the glove of Grant 5:58 into the first period. Boston Bird then sprung on a breakaway just over three minutes later collecting his 13th of the year. Keck cut into the Wolverines lead, tapping home his sixth of the season at 12:05 of the first. The parade to the penalty box caught up to the Stampeders late in the period as Bird collected his second of the game, tapping in a loose puck to give his team a 4-1 lead heading into the dressing room.
Wayways offence took over the first 11:30 seconds of the middle frame as Reese Malkewich sent a shot on net from the point that ended up behind Grant at 4:28. Shindle added to the Wolverines lead, scoring his second of the night seven minutes later. Matchim was able to walk in off the blue-line and rip one past Liam Tereposky at 19:13, giving the Stampeders a bit of life heading into the third period down 5-2.
Caleb Petrie added his 14th of the year on the power play 5:17 into the final frame. Adam Ward made things interesting, scoring his fifth of the year at 14:17 of the third period but it wasn’t enough and the Wolverines skated to a dominating 6-3 win on home ice.
Final shots on goal
Swan Valley – 24
Wayway – 42
The Stampeders need to shake this one off and get ready for their next challenge Tuesday night in OCN. The one off game is slated to get underway at 7 pm from the Gordon Lathlan Memorial Arena.