The Swan Valley Stampeders closed out their best of seven quarter final series against the Dauphin Kings Friday March 15, in a high scoring affair.
Tonight the Stampeders gave us a reason to #Believe
The opening twenty minutes was another eventful one at Credit Union Place in Dauphin. Bradly Goethals picked off a cross ice pass and let a bomb go that beat Bryan Landsberger 32 seconds into the game. Eamonn Miller tucked one under the bar just under six minutes later on the power power to tie the game at one. Cole DeKoninck moved the Kings ahead with a minute twelve remaining in the first period and Dauphin held a 2-1 lead after twenty minutes of play.
Four minutes into the middle frame Avery Smith snapped one short side on Merek Pipes to increase their lead to two. Swan Valley mounted a valiant comeback as Tucker Scantlebury beat a Kings defender wide cut across the crease and beat Bryan Landsberger just over two minutes later. Josh Tripp picked up a loose puck and let a shot go from the point that beat Landsberger at 8:12 and pulled the Stamps’ even at three. Nakoden Greyeyes responded for the Kings at 12:28 and Dauphin lead 4-3 after forty minutes of play.
The Stampeders resiliency and hard work was on full display as they looked to even the score early on. Jun Yi Zhong sent a shot on goal and Alex Uryga cleaned up the rebound 2:59 into the third period. Carter Sawchuk would answer back just over a minute and a half later and moved the Kings ahead 5-4. Kasyn Kruse would score back-to-back goals just over seven minutes apart to take a 6-5 lead. Matt Osadick would score into an empty net with 1:23 remaining, and the Stampeders went on to win the game 7-5 and sweep the Dauphin Kings in four straight games.
Final shots on goal were 48-42 for Swan Valley. Stay tuned for second round playoff dates. #Believe