Trailing 3-0 in the best of 7 series, The Stampeders were looking to stave off elimination tonight as they faced the Steinbach Pistons in Game 4.
The opening frame had the Swan Valley Stampeders all over the Steinbach Pistons. But yet again it was the Pistons who opened the scoring at 4:52 as Bradley Schoonbaert beat Ethan Peterson. Riese Gaber added t their lead at 5:11. The Stampeders cut into their lead as Mathew Osadick beat Matthew Radomsky over the blocker at 13:16. Pistons Austin Heidemann added another at 15:38 and the Stampeders trailed 3-1 after 20 minutes of play. Shots were 19-10 in favour of Steinbach.
The flood gates opened for Swan Valley in the middle frame as Dane Hirst scored at 3:04. Dane Hirst tied the game at 8:30 picking up his 2nd of the evening. Daniel Chartrand scored 22 seconds later and moved the Stampeders ahead for the first time in the series. Josh Tripp scored on a short handed breakaway at 19:36 and the Stampeders held a 5-3 lead heading into the dressing room. Shots after 40 minutes of play were 28-22 in favour of Steinbach.
Steinbach pulled within 1 as Daniel McKitrick added his 2nd of the post season at 8:25 of the 3rd period. Jack Johnson later tied the game at 17:49. And for the first time in the series the contest headed to over time. Shots after regulation were 43-34.
Both clubs created several high quality chances but could not solve either goaltender through the 1st overtime period.
Mark Taraschuk scored at 8:18 of the 2nd over time period as he turned over the puck at the blue line and went in all alone on Peterson.
The Steinbach Pistons defeated the Stampeders 6-5 and win the best of 7 series 4-0. Final shots on goal this evening were 55-44 for Steinbach.
We want to thank everyone in attendance tonight and throughout the year for your continued support of the Stampeder Organization. We would also like to thank our Corporate Sponsors and our volunteers for the many hours you have dedicated to the team throughout the entire season. We look forward to seeing you next year.