The Swan Valley Stampeders dropped their first of a two game road trip Friday night in Steinbach.
Despite the loss, there is one shinning light from tonight’s game, and that was Kobe Grant. The 20-year-old did everything he could to help his team win a hockey game stopping 46/48 shots he faced.
Swan Valley had trouble containing the Steinbach Pistons throughout the first period, taking four penalties, giving up two goals and 23 shots against. A nightmare that could have been worse without Grant in net. The Pistons opened the scoring as Dawson Milliken beat Grant over the glove at 7:34 of the first period for his first of the season. Ty Paisley added to the Pistons lead, on the power play, just over nine minutes later. Swan Valley would cut into the Pistons lead, as Justin Keck tucked one home on a short-handed breakaway with three seconds left in the first period.
Swan Valley had a much better second period, but couldn’t find any sustained pressure, shots or even a goal.
Grant put on an absolute clinic in net during the third period, stopping all 14 shots he faced but it wasn’t enough as the team couldn’t find away to tie the game Friday night in Steinbach, dropping a 2-1 decision and snapping their three game point streak.
Swan Valley – 21
Steinbach – 48
The Stampeders will regroup and finish off their southern road trip with a stop in Winnipeg tomorrow evening. Puck drop against the Freeze goes at 6 pm. Catch all the action live on hockeytv.