The Swan Valley Stampeders (5-1) traveled south Friday October 5th to face off against the Winkler Flyers (2-3-1).
Swan Valley had some jump in the opening two minutes of play but could not solve Aaron Brunn. Matt Osadick finally solved the Flyer’s goaltender scoring at 9:29 picking up his fourth of the year. Winkler answered back as Jayden McCarthy beat Michael Davis on the power play at 10:59. The opening frame closed out with the score tied at one and the shots 9-8 for Swan Valley.
The Winkler Flyers regained the lead at 2:16 of the middle frame as Griffin Leonard capitalized on a Stampeder turnover and beat Michal Davis five hole, shorthanded on a breakaway. After a massive hit by Everett Bestland a scrum ensued. Both Tanner McKechnie and Bestland received five minutes each for fighting and a game misconduct. The Stampeders continued to push the play and it was Josh Maucieri snapping home his fourth of the year beating Riley Morgan over the glove at 8:31. The middle frame closed out with the score knotted at two and the shots 19-17 in favour of Swan Valley.
The Winkler Flyers jumped out to a 3-2 lead 1:50 into the third period. Stampeders found themselves in penalty trouble which lead to Brody Moffatt’s power play goal at 13:17. Swan Valley turned things around and started to push back. Josh Maucieri pulled the Stamps within one just twenty two seconds later. Noah Basarab scored his sixth of the year five seconds later tying the game. The wild third period closed out with the teams tied at 4.
For the first time this season the Stampeders found themselves heading for overtime. Despite Swan Valley’s early pressure it was Winkler’s Jayden McCarthy who snapped home the game winner at 1:20 of extra time. Final shots on goal were 39-33 for Swan.
The Swan Valley Stampeders fall to 5-1-1 on the season and will be right back at it tomorrow night in Steinbach. Puck drop goes at 7:30pm. Tune into HockeyTV.com to watch all the action.