The Swan Valley Stampeders rebounded in a big way Saturday nightand picked up a huge two points in front of packed house at the Centennial Arena.
The Stampeders offence was led by Cody Barnes, Ethan Matchim, Carter Cockburn and Darius Makse who each collected a goal while Kobe Grant stood on his head for a 41 save shutout performance.
The Stampeders used the crowd’s energy and opened the scoring 53 seconds into the contest as Barnes collected his 19th of the year. Ethan Matchim loaded up and let a point shot go that found its way in less than four minutes later and the Stampeders led 2-0 after the first period.
Swan Valley and OCN traded some high quality chances in the second period but neither team could solve Grant or Nick Pineo setting up a thrilling third period.
Swan Valley just seemed to be on every puck tonight, for-checking, back-checking and goaltending was on point thanks to the ever supportive crowd. Swan Valley used the home ice advantage to take a 3-0 lead as Captain Cockburn snapped home his 21st of the season at 1:11of the third period. Makse added the Stampeders fourth goal just over a minute later, deflecting home his second of the season and the Stampeders skated to a dominating 4-0 win on home ice Saturday night.
Final shots on goal
OCN – 41
Swan Valley -32
Swan Valley will conclude their season on the road next weekend in Dauphin for a pair of games Fridayand Saturday nightat Credit Union Place. Puck drop for both games is set for 7:30pm.