The Stampeders returned to the win column Tuesday February 26th beating the Neepawa Natives 7-3 on home ice, earning their 40th win of the year and locking up second place.
The natives carried the play for the opening five minutes tonight which lead to Brad Marshall opening the scoring at 5:08. Troy Quinn let a bomb go from the point at 8:48 that tied the game on the power play. Brian Harris redirected home his 14th of the year at 14:45 and the Stamps’ led 2-1 after twenty minutes of play. Shots were 19-10 for Swan Valley.
The Stampeders came out flying in the second period as Campbell Balk scored 15 seconds into the period. Josh Maucieri scored less than a minute later and Brian Harris scored at 13:13 and Swan Valley held a 5-1 lead after forty minutes of play.
Jaden Townsend added to the Stamps’ lead as he grabbed his 18th of the year 2:33 into the third. Jesse Gibbons scored for the Natives just over two minutes later. Josh Tripp finally found the back of the net, scoring on a short handed 2-on-1 at 11:15. Cam Olstad scores late in the period but it wasn’t enough as the Stampeders skated to a 7-3 win. Final shots on goal 55-28 for Swan Valley.
“This season is one of the best in the last 20 years,” said Assistant Coach Darren Webster. “The team will finish the year with the highest standings in franchise history.”
Tonight’s win over the Natives improves the Stampeders record to 40-13-3-2. The next action for the Stampeders will be on the road in Neepawa Friday March 1st.
The Stampeders will return home Sunday March 3rd at 6:30pm in their final home game. The game is free admission to all, with many prizes to be given away, as well as a guaranteed $2000 50/50.