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Swan Valley Star and Times Game Day Report

The Swan Valley Stampeders return to home ice for the first time in nearly a month as they host the Winnipeg Blue in their first action of 2022 tonight at the Centennial Arena.

The Stampeders (12-16-0-2), just like the Blues (17-11-0-2), will be looking to use the Christmas Break to kick start a run to the playoffs. The Blues are coming off a bad stretch of hockey going 0-4-1 while the Stampeders are 1-4-0 in their last five games.

The Blues have been busy during their downtime bolstering their lineup. Winnipeg made a big splash acquiring 20-year-old Riley Ostermann, and the rights to 17-year-old goalie prospect Andrew Ness from the Selkirk Steelers ahead of the January 10 Trade Deadline.

Needless to say, this weekend’s hockey is going to be very exciting as both teams need points to climb in their respective divisions.

With changes in Manitoba’s Public Health Orders, attendance will be limited to 250 to our home games. Please read the details below.

While capacity limits are in place, all season ticket holders will be guaranteed entrance into the game. The remaining tickets will be available for the public to purchase through the Stampeders’ online ticket platform on Showpass.com or at Patty’s Sports Excellence until the 250 ticket limit has been reached. Tickets will only be available at the door if not sold out online. (Check our social media for a sold-out announcement before attending)

Anyone who has a Showpass issued ticket will be guaranteed entry into the game. This will include flex pack holders who have applied their credits toward the game they wish to attend while tickets are still available.

Purchase early to avoid disappointment. Once the 250 limit has been reached, ticket sales will close and no exceptions will be made.

Further to the above statement, proof of vaccination is REQUIRED to enter the building and masks are MANDATORY for the entire event.

Before tonight’s puck drop Riddell’s Plumbing & Heating will present the Plumber of the Month Award, and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries will present the Player of the Month Award for December

Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff has made some lineup changes ahead of tonight’s contest against the Blues. Dylan Black returns to the crease while Jackson Betcher and Callum Fortin are scratched. Wolff will be going with 11 forwards and 7 defenceman

Players to watch

SVS – Quinn Mulder (10G, 16A), Carter Cockburn (7G, 17A), Adam Rajsigl (5G, 15A) and Cody Barnes (11G, 8A).

 WPB – Eric Fawkes (18G, 30A), Josiah Vanderhooft (19G, 27A), Brayden Foreman (15G, 28A), and Mathieu Moreira (11G, 9A).

While waiting for the game to start, head over to stampedershockey.com and purchase a 50/50 ticket.

More to come after the game.