Swan Valley Star and Times Game Day Report

The Swan Valley Stampeders are set to host the OCN Blizzard in the first of three matchups this week.

Swan Valley enters tonight’s game with a record of 21-23-1-4 and sits fourth in the West Division clinging on to that final spot as their season nears the end. OCN is coming off a pair of wins over the Neepawa Titans this past weekend while the Stampeders have lost two straight and need to rebound in a big way. Their playoff hopes hinge on this pivotal stretch of hockey against the Blizzard.

Earlier this week the Swan Valley Stampeders Organization put out this message regarding the *NEW* current public health orders.

Please read –

With new Manitoba Public Health Orders now in effect, the Swan Valley Stampeders are excited to welcome back ALL fans to the Centennial Arena.

Under the new guidelines, proof of vaccination is no longer a requirement but masks are still mandatory until March 15.

We, as an organization, are ecstatic about the return of our long-time supporters who have been impacted by these orders and are thankful for those who have continued to support our hockey team from both within the arena and from afar over the past two years. Without you, we simply would not exist.

Our next home game is this Wednesday (Mar. 2) as we face off against the OCN Blizzard. This is the perfect time to us use up any outstanding flex pack tickets as it will be the last ticketed game of the regular season. Our final regular season home game on Saturday (Mar. 5) is free for all to attend.

It’s time to pack the corral and show your Stampeders the real Swan Valley crowds we are all accustomed to!

Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff has shuffled his lines once again, hoping for a spark offensively tonight against OCN. Darius Makse will skate alongside Justin Keck and Emile Pichette. Carter Cockburn joins a line of Quinn Mulder and Brad Fortin. Adam Ward draws back into the lineup and will center a line with Trey Sauder and Callum Fortin while Jacob Paler-Chow joins Nicolas Roussel and Deepkaran Hans. Lare Pahtayken is also expected to return to the lineup tonight and will be paired with Collin Jennings on the back end.

Scratched tonight are Ethan Matchim, Jayden Mosiondz and Cody Barnes. Kobe Grant is expected to get the start in net.

Players to watch

SVS – (Carter Cockburn (19G, 26A), Quinn Mulder (12G, 26A), Adam Rajsigl (9G, 27A) and Brad Fortin (13G, 20A).

OCN – Dain Sardelli (26G, 23A), Riley Zimmerman (17G, 15A), Brock McDonald (11G, 21A) and Bryden Sinclair (4G, 17A).

Before tonight’s contest, Riddell’s Plumbing and Heating as well as Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries will make their monthly presentations to the Player and the Plumber of the month for February.

The puck drop is set for 7 p.m..