The Swan Valley Stampeders win streak at home was snapped Friday night, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
The Stampeders were lead by newcomer Brad Fortin, scoring two goals in a losing battle at the Centennial Arena.
Before the game Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff stated that the team needed to match the speed and hard work of the Wolverines, to which they did not for most of the game. The Stampeders were pushed back most of the game and lacked their quick strike offence, which was silenced by Wayway.
Coming out flat, the lack of intensity allowed the Wolverines to pretty much dominate the first period. Rayman Bassi opened the scoring at the 2:24 mark and continued to press the Stampeders all period long. After the opening 20 minutes of play the Stamps’ trailed 13-7 on the shot clock, and 1-0 on the score board.
Goaltender Dylan Black was on his game early in the second period making two massive saves to keep his team in it. The Wolverines took a 2-0 lead as WHL’er Chad Nychuk sent one five-hole through Black at the 6:49 mark. The Stampeders finally found a way to beat Liam Tereposky as Brad Fortin tucked home his first as a Stampeder just over eight minutes later. Mackenzie Belinski continues to dominate the Stampeders this year, scoring his third of the year late in the period to give the Wolverines a 3-1 lead heading to the dressing room.
Brad Fortin pulled the Stampeders to within one, just over three minutes into the third period, scoring his second of the game. Belinski regained the Wolverines two goal lead a minute and four seconds later, scoring his second of the game and fourth of the year. Some rough stuff ensued with just under three minutes remaining in the game, which will most likely result in suspensions from both teams. When play finally resumed, Bassi scored into the empty net, sealing a 5-2 win.
Final shots on goal
Swan Valley – 23
The Stampeders record now sits at 5-2. These two teams will be right back at it tomorrow night for a rematch in Waywayseecappo. The game is closed off to the public and can be viewed on HockeyTV.com. Puck drop goes at 7 p.m..