The Swan Valley Stampeders picked up a huge 5-3 win Wednesday March 13th against Dauphin, taking a 3-0 series lead against the Kings in their best of seven quarter final series.
18-year-old Matt Osadick led the way in Game 3 with a goal and two assists, Quintin Sudom grabbed three helpers, and Merek Pipes backstopped the Stamps to his third straight victory.
In playoff hockey scoring can come at anytime and from anyone. The first period was full of goals by both clubs. Brian Harris opened the scoring tonight picking up his first of the post season 1:07 into the game. Bradly Goethals scored just over a minute and a half later and the Stampeders held a 2-0 lead very early on. The Kings chipped away at the Stamps lead as Riley Shamray let a shot go from the point that beat Merek Pipes at 7:50 on the power play. Campbell Balk answered back for Swan Valley as he swatted in a loose puck just over four minutes later. Cole DeKoninck picked up his second of the post season on the power play at 14:53. After a busy twenty minutes of play the Stampeders held a 3-2 lead and the shots 22-9 for Swan.
Swan River, MB product Josh Tripp continues to amaze the crowd, scoring a nifty in tight goal on the power play just over three and a half minutes the middle frame. Mattie Boonstra scored his first of the season in what many are calling a controversial goal at 6:39. Matt Osadick scored a highlight reel goal, beating a Kings defenceman and then Bryan Landsberger at 11:25 of the middle frame.
The scoring dried up in the third period tonight and the Stampeders went on to defeat the Dauphin Kings 5-3, taking a 3-0 series lead and a stranglehold in the best of seven quarter final series.
Swan Valley will now shift their focus to game 4 Friday March 15th in Dauphin as they look to close out the best of seven quarter final series. Puck drop goes at 7:30pm. Catch all the action live on HockeyTV.com.