Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Big 1st period helps Swan Valley to a Game 3 victory over Steinbach to take 2-1 series lead in MJHL Semi-Finals
The Swan Valley Stampeders used a 3 goal 1st period to strengthen them to a 4-2 Game 3 victory over the Steinbach Pistons at the T.G Smith Center.
MJHL MVP Josh Tripp (pictured above) got the Stamps' in front early on just 5:53 into the game as he showed some good hand-eye coordination deflecting home a Troy Quinn point shot for his 1st of the series & 5th of the playoffs to make it 1-0. Then just under 4 minutes later, 20 year old Tucker Scantlebury would get left alone right in the slot after a Pistons' defensive breakdown and he would finish it off nicely going forehand, backhand shelf on Matthew Radomsky to give Swan a 2 goal lead. The Stampeders would add a late one on the PP with 1:46 to go from Kasyn Kruse to give the visitors a 3-0 advantage after 1 period.
In the 2nd, Swan Valley would add to their lead as Carter Cockburn would send a nice pass down low in front to Matt Osadick who would go in-between his legs for a absolutely beauty flipping it over the shoulder of Radomsky for his 4th of the postseason to push the Stamps' lead to 4-0 after 40 minutes.
The Pistons would would start a little bit of a comeback early on as in the opening minute as Nico Labossiere would get the Pistons on the board then Brendan Martin with a beauty short-side on Merek Pipes just over half way through the 3rd to make it a two goal game at 4-2 but its as close as they would get.
Merek Pipes turned aside 26 of 28 shots to earn the victory for the Stamps' in goal while Matt Radomsky made 35 saves in the losing cause.
The two teams will now meet in Game 4 of their MJHL Semi-Finals on Thursday at T.G Smith Center. We will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey, Pregame show begins at 7:20 with the PXP kicking off at 7:30PM MB time.
Postgame with Stamps Asst. Coach Darren Webster: