Swan River, MB. – The Winnipeg Freeze chilled the Swan Valley Stampeders Friday night, defeating the home squad 6-5, earning just their fourth win of the year.
The Freeze jumped out to a 3-0 lead, scoring on their first three shots on goal. Naaman Hofer opened the scoring at 5:48, sending a shot on goal from the point that deflected off bodies and found its way in. Hayden Chaloner gave the Freeze a 2-0 lead, scoring on a breakaway just over four minutes later. Lochlan Stefanishyn collected his first of the game over two minutes later and the Freeze held a 3-0 lead after twenty minutes of play.
Adam Rajsigl finally broke through the outstanding goaltending by Keegan Gordon, scoring from he’s knees at 6:50 of the second period. The Freeze quickly responded as Davis Thompson scored his first of the season a minute later, giving Winnipeg a 4-1 lead heading into the locker room.
Justin Keck’s hard for-check paid off as Gordon played the puck off of him and into the net 1:48 into the third period. Lochlan Stefanishyn added his second of the game at 4:04 regaining a three goal lead. Keck added his second of the game just 12 seconds later pulling the Stampeders back to within two. Winnipeg responded with a power play marker at 9:10, making it a 6-3 game. Jakob Jones scored at 12:16 and Landen Gulutzan deflected home his fifth of the season at 14:30, but it wasn’t enough as the Stampeders win streak was snapped at four games.
Final Shots on Goal
Winnipeg – 28
Swan Valley – 52
The Stampeders finish off the week with a tilt against the Winkler Flyers Saturday Feb. 25 at the Centennial Arena. It is billet appreciation night and Taylor School Choir will perform the national anthem.
Tickets can be purchased online at stampedershockey.com, through our app or at the door.
Also, the Stampeders Hockey is for Everyone game night jerseys will be auctioned off online starting Thursday, Feb. 23. The bidding will end Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.. A link will be posted Thursday afternoon to start bidding. Happy bidding.
Upcoming home games to note
- Saturday, Feb. 25 – Billet Appreciation night. Taylor School Choir performing the national anthem.
- Wednesday Mar. 1 – 12:30pm vs Dauphin – Kids game