The Swan Valley Stampeders were back on home ice tonight to take on the travelling Dauphin Kings.
With the Playoffs on the horizon the Stamps rested Shane Roulette, Derek Frater, Noah Basarab, and Tanner McKechnie for tonight’s game against the Kings. Local products Jackson Betcher and Carter Cockburn were drew back in the lineup this evening.
The Swan Valley Stampeders opened the scoring at 5:49 as Jaden Townsend buried his 14th of the year. The scoring for the Stampeders continued at 5:59 as Josh Tripp picked up his 25th of the year. Josh Tripp added his second of the night at 14:18 on the power play. The kKings responded at 18:51 as Matt Bartel grabbed his eighth of the year. The Stamps headed to the dressing room leading 3-1 and the shots were 19-5 for the Stampeders.
Dauphin cut in the lead 2:42 of the second as Brendon Arnold beat Ethan Peterson for his eighth of the season. The flood gates opened for the Stampeders as Swan River’s own Carter Cockburn scored his first as a Stampeder, beating Brennan Kitchen at 5:25. Dane Hirst added his third of the year at 14:22 while short handed. Trevor Mann picked up his 24th of the year on another short handed goal at 15:41. Josh Tripp completed the hat trick at 16:52 and the Stampeders held a commanding 7-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Dauphin’s Jaymes Knee scored 5:30 into the closing frame on a heads up pass by Kyle Oleksiuk. Dauphin pulled themselves within three as Wilson Northey scored at 9:33. The Stampeders quickly responded as Taylor Derynck scored his first as a Stampeder seventeen seconds later. Josh Tripp’s night wasn’t completed as he tallied his fourth of the game at 17:19. James Maxwell scored with just seventeen seconds left and the Stampeders blow out the Kings 10-4. Final shots on goal were 46-22 for Swan Valley.
Daylon Smallchild’s 2 assist night was tonight’s 3rd star. Keaton Jameson’s 5 assist effort was this evenings 2nd star, and tonight’s 1st star, scoring 4 goals is Swan Valley’s own Josh Tripp.
Next action for the Stampeders will be their final home game of the regular season. Puck drop is at 2:30pm Sunday March 4th against the OCN Blizzard.