The Swan Valley Stampeders stayed red hot on home ice Tuesday night as they defeated their highway ten rivals.
The Stampeders have now won seven straight and leap frogged the Portage Terriers for first overall in the MJHL standings.
Both teams had a sluggish start tonight but action would pick up as the game turned into a late thriller. Working the puck around the outside Dane Hirst and Bradly Goethals set up Quintin Sudom who opened the scoring at 8:30 letting a point shot go that beat the Kings netminder Brennan Kitchen. Dauphin answered back as Sammy Mouland fought off the Stamps defender in the corner and fed Carter Sawchuk who was left all alone in the slot snapping home his fifth of the year at 14:07. The opening frame closed out with both clubs tied at one and the shots 11-6 for Dauphin.
The flood gates opened in the second period for both teams. Bradly Goethals scored just thirty four seconds into the period as he tapped home his sixth of the year. Swan River product and runner up for player of the week Josh Tripp added to the Stampeders lead at 1:43. The Kings cut into the lead as Mitchell Joss came flying in off the rush and ripped one bar down on Jackson Hjelle at 7:37. Josh Tripp added another beauty late in the second and the stamps held a 4-2 lead heading into the locker room.
Both clubs had many chances in what turned out to be a chippy third period in front of the Swan River faithful. Dauphin Kings new comer Eamonn Miller scored short handed at 6:58 of the third but it wasn’t enough as the Stampeders went on to beat the Kings by a final score of 4-3. Final shots 36-28 for Swan Valley.
With the victory over the Kings, the Stampeders remain perfect on home ice to start their 20th anniversary season. The Stamps now sit with a record of 12-2-1, good for first place in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
The next action for Swan Valley will be Saturday November 3rd in Dauphin to face the Kings. Puck drop is set for 7:30pm.