The Swan Valley Stampeders skated to a 3-2 win on home ice Saturday night against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
Swan Valleys offence was led by Noah Wilson and Jakob Jones who each scored a goal and added an assist, Adam Rajsigl collected a goal while Loic Mainguy-Crepault earned his first MJHL win, stopping 32/34 shots he faced.
Rajsigl got the party started for the Stampeders, scoring his third of the year with a bomb from the point that beat Michael Bashaw with just over three minutes to play in the opening frame. Despite being outshot 15-9 in the first period, the Stampeders escaped with a 1-0 lead all thanks to rookie goaltender Mainguy-Crepault.
Before everyone returned to their seats with snacks in hand, Jones added to the Stampeders lead, scoring his fifth of the year 50 seconds into the middle frame. The Wolverines responded on the power play just over a minute later as Cole Carlson snuck in off the blue-line and beat Mainguy-Crepault short-side for his second of the year. Boone Mathison tied the game with just over two minutes to play on an awkward rebound that landed on his stick and into the back of the net.
Wilson gave the Stampeders their lead back midway through the third period, scoring his third as a stampeder on a wrap-around jam play. Despite throwing everything at the Stampeders in the final 9:40 of the game, that included the kitchen sink, Swan Valley fought off every attack and when they didn’t, Mainguy-Crepault was there to shut it down, earning his first ever MJHL win, backstopping his team to a 3-2 win and improving their record to 4-3-1-1 on the season.
Waywayseecappo – 34
Swan Valley – 19
The Stampeders earned three big points this past weekend and will regroup for another busy week coming up. Swan Valley will travel north to face the first place team in the West Division Tuesday Oct. 11. Puck drop against the OCN Blizzard will go at 7:00 pm from the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre.
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