The Swan Valley Stampeders used five different goal scorers Saturday night on the road as they skated to a 5-1 win over the Virden Oil Capitals.
Swan Valley’s offence was led by Brad Fortin (1G, 2A) with Carter Cockburn, Adam Rajsigl, Collin Jennings and Emile Pichette all collecting a goal. Kobe Grant was sensational in net stopping 40/41 shots he faced in the win.
Before the contest Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff put his lines in a blender and hit mix several times as he was looking for a spark. Well he found it as the Stampeders scored five goals en-route to their 21st win of the season and pulling to within one point of third place in the West.
Captain Cockburn got things going offensively for the Stampeders on a nice passing play by Fortin at 15:32 of the first period.
Braden Fischer pulled the Oil Capitals even at one, scoring his 29th of the year 1:19 into the middle frame. Rajsigl regained the Stampeders lead, collecting his eighth of the year, scoring on the power play just over two minutes later. Jennings let a point shot go that made its way through a screen and into the back of the net behind Bailey Monteith for his first as a Stampeder at 10:23.
Pichette added to the Stampeder lead, scoring just his second goal of the year 6:02 into the final frame. Fortin all but sealed the deal with his 13th of the year at 13:53 and the Stampders skated to a 5-1 win on the road Saturday night.
Final shots on goal
Swan Valley – 41
Virden – 39
With tonights win, the Stampeders improved their record to 21-21-1-4 good for 47 points and fourth overall in the West Division. The Stampeders sit one point behind Virden and three points up on Neepawa who has three games in hand.
The Stampeders and the Oil Capitals will reacquaint themselves for the final two games of the season series Friday Feb. 25 at Tundra Oil & Gas Place (7:30 pm) and Saturday Feb. 26 at the Centennial Arena (7 pm).