The Stampeders collected their 27th win of the season Friday night by defeating the Neepawa Natives 5-1 at the Yellowhead Centre.
Nathan Carl would lead the way tonight collecting a goal and two assists, Lane Kirk chipped in with a goal and an assist, while Mikael Foucher stopped 27 of 28 shots, backstopping the team to their 27th win of the year.
A couple of firsts happened tonight for a pair of young Swan Valley defenders. Austen McIvor picked up his first goal as a Stampeder, opening the scoring late in the first. The 18-year-old let a wrist shot go that beat a screened Dawson Green high glove at 15:09. Recently acquired defencman Colton Sun would also score his first as a Stampeder three minutes later on the power play. The 18-year-old would let a shot go from the middle of the ice that beat Green high blocker side pushing the Stamps lead to 2-0.
Swan Valley would find themselves in penalty trouble in the middle frame, but didn’t give Neepawa’s power play a chance to come alive. While on the penalty kill, Nathan Carl would grab a loose puck, beat his defender and scored his team leading 20th goal of the season on a short handed breakaway at the 15:22 mark of the second period. Leyson Coleman would clean up a rebound in front of the net, scoring his ninth of the year just over four minutes later, and Swan Valley held a 4-0 lead through forty minutes of play.
Lane Kirk would make his way onto the score sheet tonight, picking up his second of the year. Kirk was left all alone in front of the net and buried one over Green four minutes into the third period. Neepawa would respond thirty seconds later, but it wasn’t enough and the Stampeders skated to a 5-1 win on the road.
Swan – 38
Neepawa – 28
The Stampeders have now won three straight games improving their record to 27-13-4.
The Stampeders will have a bit of a break as the team doesn’t play again until Thursday January 23 when the visit the Portage Terriers. Puck drop goes at 7:30pm.
*Note* The Stampeders will be holding their 2nd Annual “All You Can Eat Fish Fry,” Saturday, January 18, at the Westwood Inn. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased at the Westwood Inn or by calling Tracy at 1-204-281-1669
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