Swan Valley Star & Times Game Day Report

The Swan Valley Stampeders will be looking to write a wrong tonight when they travel to Virden to face the Oil Capitals at Tundra Oil & Gas Place.

Despite a decent performance on the road last Saturday, the Stampeders fell 5-2 to the Oil Capitals, snapping the stampeders two-game win streak. Once in a while you run into a hot goaltender, Ethan Kadatz was that goalie Saturday, Oct. 30 in Virden stopping 39/41 shots the Stampeders sent on goal. Swan Valley will need to find a way to make life harder for any goalie in this league to see and stop shots directed on net.

Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff has been busy behind the scenes, making two deals this week to help bolster his lineup. Wolff announced Tuesday morning that the team had acquired a familiar face, 19-year-old Forward Justin Keck, from the Humboldt Broncos of the SJHL. Keck, a native of Morris, was originally drafted 58th overall by the Swan Valley Stampeders in the 2017 Bantam Draft but never dressed for the team. The 19-year-old played in 10 games this season with the Broncos, collecting one assist. The news broke yesterday that the team had also acquired 18-year-old Defenceman Cole Chauvette from the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the SJHL. Chauvette will bring much-needed size and grit to the back end. The 6’2” 185 lbs native of Edmonton, AB, dressed in 13 games with the Ice Wolves this season scoring one goal. Before that, the 18-year-old played for the CAC Canadians U18 AAA in the AEHL, dressing in five games collecting two assists before the worldwide shut down due to COVID-19.

Wolff has also made some changes to the lineup card for tonight’s matchup with the Virden Oil Capitals. Kobe Grant will get the nod tonight as he is looking to rebound from his last outing in Neepawa. Returning to the lineup is defenceman Lare Pahtayken and making his Stampeder debut is newly acquired forward Justin Keck – he will be wearing #16. Not dressing tonight will be Cole Chauvette, Dharan Cap, Dayvan Bull, Darius Makse and Tyler Park.

Players to watch

SVS – Jamie Valentino (8G, 12A), Cody Barnes (10G, 4A), Quinn Mulder (3G, 7A), and Carter Cockburn (3G, 9A).

VIR – Braden Fischer (10G, 14A), Dylan Halliday (8G, 6A), Carson Buydens (7G, 6A) and Tyler Thoendel (5G, 5A).

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More to come following tonight’s game.