The Swan Valley Stampeders ended their two game losing streak in a huge way Friday night, defeating the Winnipeg Freeze 8-3.
Swan Valley’s offence came alive in a full team effort Friday night that was led by Josh Danis (2G, 1A), Griffin Ayotte (1G, 2A), both Landen Gulutzan and Callum Halls collected a goal and an assist, while Gage Stewart stopped 29 shots for his fourth win of the year.
Prior to Friday night’s game, the Stampeders announced that they had traded Jakob Jones to the Winkler Flyers in deal that would see future considerations return to the Stampeders. A bold move by Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff that will help pave the way for the younger Stampeder players to emerge this season.
The Stampeders didn’t seem to have bus legs tonight, scoring the games first three goals in 13 minutes. Ashton Fishley collected his sixth of the year 1:59 into the game, Trey Sauder gets credit for the second goal scored at 12:37 and Landen Gulutzan snapped home his fourth of the year at 13:07. Elliot Perreault scored his 11th of the season at 15:45, cutting into the Stampeders lead. Griffin Ayotte collected his fifth of the year with 32 seconds left in the first period and the Stampeders lead 4-1.
Xyon Kiemeney who was just recently acquired, scored his fourth of the year eight minutes into the second period, pulling the Freeze to within two. Swan had another answer for that as Callun Halls centered a puck that found its way in at 14:48. Kyle Grysiuk made it a game once again, scoring a short-handed marker at the 17:00 minute mark of the second period but it wasn’t enough. Amar Powar collected his second of the year before the end of the second and Josh Danis scored back-to-back in the third period as the Stampeders cruised to an 8-3 win Friday night.
Swan Valley – 42
Winnipeg – 32
The Stampeders will have a quick turnaround as they are set to face the Niverville Nighthawks tomorrow night. Puck drop is set for 7:00pm and you can catch all the action live on FloHockey.