The Swan Valley Stampeders staved off elimination Monday night at the Centennial Arena, putting up six goals against the Dauphin Kings in game four.
Swan Valley’s offence was led by Carter Cockburn who scored a pair of goals, adding an assist. Trey Sauder also collected two goals, Cody Barnes and Justin Keck scored a goal each while Kobe Grant stopped 47/50 shots he faced for the win.
A team effort helped the Stampeders collect their first win of the post-season, getting some much-needed offence against a strong goaltender in Carson Cherepak.
Swan Valley looked to be in trouble as the Kings jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Logan Calder collected his first of the playoffs 1:49 into the game. Swan Valley rebounded with two goals of their own. Trey Sauder beat Cherepak on a deflection just over five minutes later, tying the game 1-1. Carter Cockburn was Johnny on the spot, collecting his first of the playoffs at 19:28 on the power play, sending his team to the dressing room up 2-1.
Cody Barnes gave the Stampeders some breathing room in the middle frame, scoring his third of the post-season on the power play, sending home a rebound at 6:35 and giving his team a 3-1 lead.
Sauder gave the Stampeders the solid lead they needed, snapping home his second of the game 2:18 into the third period. Nakodan Greyeyes made the Stampeder faithful a bit nervous, pulling the Kings to within two on the power play just over four minutes later and setting up a great finish in Swan River. Justin Keck all but silenced a comeback, deflecting home a power play marker, and his first of the playoffs, at 14:04 of the third period. Cockburn added to his point collection Monday night scoring less than a minute later and giving the Stampeders a 6-2 lead. Jeriah Shantz was able to beat Kobe Grant with four minutes left in the game but it wasn’t enough and the Stampeders defeated the Kings 6-3 and force a Game 5 Friday night in Dauphin.
Final shots on goal
Swan Valley – 38
As mentioned above, Game 5 will go Friday, April 8 in Dauphin at Credit Union Place. Puck drop is set for 7:30p.m..
If Game 6 is necessary, it will be played at the Centennial Arena Sunday, April 10 at 6 p.m..
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