The Swan Valley Stampeders undefeated streak at home was on the line as they hosted the Selkirk Steelers Friday November 9th.
The first twenty minutes and seventeen seconds proved to be to much for the second place Stampeders as the Selkirk Steelers found the back of the net four times.
The first period had a great pace for the first ten minutes as both teams went back and forth. It ultimately was the Steelers who opened the scoring as Will Middleton let shot go that beat an unsuspecting Merek Pipes at 10:32. Former Stampeder Noah Basarab scored his twelfth of the year as he broke in and roofed it over a sprawled out Pipes at 12:03. Selkirk continued to find the back of the net as Josiah Vanderhooft went bar down at 16:43 and the Steelers led 3-0 after the first twenty minutes.
The Stampeders started the second period flat footed and Selkirk’s Ryan Sokoloski snapped home his ninth of the year just seventeen seconds into the middle frame. Swan Valley started to pick up the pace and finally solved Zach Bennett as Jakob Besnilian tipped home his second of the year at 2:13 as Tanner Glasrud let a point shot go on net. Alex Uryga scored his first as a Stampeder at 18:13 as he jumped on a loose puck out front, turned and beat Bennett high blocker side. The middle frame closed out with the Stamps trailing 4-2 and the shots 38-20 in favour of Swan.
Tanner McKechnie pulled the Stamps within one at 6:59 of the third, tipping home a Dane Hirst point shot. The Stampeders pressed hard to find the equalizer but it was the Steelers who held on for the 4-3 win and snapped the Stampeders undefeated streak on home ice. Final shots on goal 53-31 for Swan Valley.
Falling on home ice for the first time this season the Stampeders record now sits at 13-3-1-1 which is good for second place overall in the MJHL standings. Next action for Swan will be Saturday November 10th as they travel to Neepawa to face the Natives. Puck drop is set for 7:30pm.