The Swan Valley Stampeders made their way to Neepawa tonight to clash with the Natives.
The Stampeders found themselves trailing just 50 seconds into the contest as Zach Johnson tapped home his 16th of the year. The Stampeders power play kick started the offence tonight as Josh Tripp scored his 20th of the year at 3:11. Shane Roulette added the go ahead marker at 11:05 on a unbelievable solo effort and beat Spencer Eschyshyn low blocker side. Trevor Mann picked up his 20th of the year on the power play at 13:55 on a perfect back door pass from Connor Navrot. The opening frame ended with the Stampeders leading 3-1 and the shots 14-12 for Swan Valley.
Justin Metcalf pulled Neepawa within 1 just 1:25 into the middle frame. Jaden Townsend ripped one over Spencer Eschyshyn’s blocker as he was left all alone in front of the net. His 10th of the year at 3:44 regained the Stamps 2 goal lead. Ashton Anderson pulled the Natives within 1 again as he beat Peterson for his 27th of the year at 17:08. The 2nd period came to a close with the Stampeders leading 4-3 and the shots 31-21 in favour of Swan Valley.
The Neepawa Natives Braeden Binda tied the game at 3:19 of the 3rd. Both clubs traded chances but neither club could find the back of the net. The 3rd period came to a close tied at 4 and the shots 44-29 for the Stampeders.
Stampeder goaltender Ethan Peterson put on a clinic in the 3 on 3 overtime period, stopping 2 point blank chances and a breakaway early on keeping his team in it. Brendon Benoit stopped Daylin Smallchild on a breakaway with 32 seconds remaining. Overtime solved nothing and both clubs were headed for a shootout. Shots after 65 minutes of play were 46-32 for Swan.
Ashton Anderson scored the shootout winner and the Neepawa Natives defeated the Stamps 5-4. Final shots on net were 49-36 for Swan.
Next action for your Stampeders will be this Friday February 16th in Swan River against the Steinbach Pistons. Puck drop is 7:30p.m.