Tuesday, 28 March 2023

Stampeders drop Game 3 at home to Dauphin; still lead series 2-1

The Swan Valley Stampeders saw their Best of 7 first round series lead split in half on Tuesday night after a 6-3 loss to the Dauphin Kings at the Centennial Arena.

For the first time in the first round series the Stampeders struck first as initially being stopped, Justin Keck got the puck again and this time slid it around Cole Sheffield for his 3rd of the series to make it 1-0 SV just 8:48 in.

Just two minutes later they'd add to their lead as Jakob Jones got a nice deflection on Collin Jennings long point shot to make it a 2 goal lead just over half-way through the period.

Dauphin cut their deficit though in half with just 1:02 left in the period on the powerplay on a nice tip from Jayden Harris to make it 2-1 for the home-side after 20 minutes. 

The Kings continue their momentum into the 2nd period as just 1:45 into the middle frame, Blake Boudreau walked out and beat Kobe Grant over the left pad for his 1st of the playoffs to tie it up.

The visitors grabbed their first lead at 6:45 of the 2nd as Logan Walker banged home a rebound before Deepkaran Hans added some insurance just a short time later on a nice back-door feed from Aidan Brook to make it 4-2 after 40 minutes.

In the 3rd, the Stampeders cut it back within one as Justin Keck went forehand and backhand & in for his 2nd of the night to make it 4-3 but then a quick response again from the Kings this time from Matthew Gough to retain the two goal lead before Myles Yearwood wrapped up the scoring.

Cole Sheffield in the Kings net made 33 saves on 36 shots for the win while Stamps G Kobe Grant turned aside 37 shots in the loss.

The series now shifts back to Dauphin for Game 4 on Friday night. GX94 will broadcast the game with the pregame show starting 7:20 and play by play kicks off 7:30PM MB time from Credit Union Place. 

Elsewhere in MJHL,

Niverville 5, Portage 4
(Portage leads 2-1)

Winkler 1, Steinbach 3
(Steinbach leads 2-1)

OCN 6, Virden 4
(OCN leads 2-1)

Yorkton Terriers announce commitment of '05 F Furman for 2023/24


The SJHL's Yorkton Terriers have announced that 2005-born forward Clark Furman has signed a letter of intent for the 2023/24 season. 

The 6'4 Regina, SK product had 6 goals, 25 assists for 31 points with Gilmour Academy (PPHL U18) this past season. 

Monday, 27 March 2023

Local Weekend Recap

For the first time in 10 years, the Theodore Buffalos are league champions. 

Former Yorkton Terrier and Melville Millionaire Zach McIntyre scored the game winner with 5:03 left in the first overtime in Game 4 led the Buffalos to a 2-1 OT win over the Rocanville Tigers, to win the Best of 7 Sask East Hockey League Championship series 3 games to 1. 

"It's been a long 10 years since our last league title that's for sure but to do it at home in front of our great fans & supporters just makes it that much more special", said Buffalos Coach Josh Garbutt. 

Dylan Johnson and Ryan Regel exchanged goals in the 2nd period of a game that was highlighted by the play of Buffs netminder Warren Shymko and goaltender Dakota Berezowski of the Rocanville Tigers. 

"Just great to see our mixture of older veteran players and the young guys we picked up this year kinda gel together as the season went on & goaltending too was a big part of the success, Garbutt added. 

The Buffalos dropped the league final to the Tigers last year.

Hear full audio chat with Garbutt below:


Hoopla 2023, the Saskatchewan Provincial High School Basketball championships wrapped up over the weekend in Prince Albert. 

Locally, the Wynyard Bears captured the 3A Girls title after a 61-55 win over the Lanigan Lazers in the Gold Medal Game. 

Blaire Otsig (16 points) and Olivia Finnson (15 points) led the way offensively for the Bears. 

Meanwhile, in the 2A Girls Bronze Medal game it was Rocanville hammering LCBI 62-42 while the Preeceville Panthers won Bronze in the 2A Boys category after defeating St. Brieux by a 78-67 score. 

The Fort Qu'Appelle Bert Fox Marauders dropped the 3A Boys Bronze medal matchup, losing 67-64 to Unity. 

For full results CLICK HERE


The Melville Millionaires are happy to announce the commitment of graduating forward Isaac Suppin to the College of St. Scholastica Saints (NCAA Div III) in Duluth, Minnesota starting in the Fall of 2023. 

The Kelowna, BC product played in 28 games this past season as a Millionaire compiling 8 goals and 20 points. 

Previously he spent time with the Canmore Eagles and Drayton Valley Thunder of the AJHL. 

Saturday, 25 March 2023

Jennings' Hat-Trick propels Stampeders to Game 2 win in Dauphin on Saturday

The Swan Valley Stampeders won their 2nd straight in their Best of 7 first round series & 11th straight overall by coming back to defeat the Dauphin Kings 6-5 on the road on Friday night.

For the 2nd straight night the Kings struck first as 10:51 in, Matthew Gough walked in and beat Kobe Grant over the left shoulder for his 1st of the playoff to make it 1-0.

They added to their lead with 1:00 remaining as Gough was on the giving end this time as he found Anthony Bax back-door on the PP and he made no mistake making it a 2 goal lead for Dauphin. 

Trey Sauder cut the Stamps deficit in half though just 38 seconds later banging home a rebound to make it 2-1 for the home team after 20 minutes.

Jamie Valentino got the party started in the 2nd just 1:08 in as he banged home a rebound by Grant for his 1st to regain their two goal lead but just over 5 minutes later Landon Gulutzan cut it within one with a PP goal.

Just as the Stampeders thought they had some momentum it would be another former Stamp in Deepkaran Hans gave Dauphin another two-goal lead this time at 4-2.

Swan Valley like they have all season fought back late in the 2nd in a big way as they notched 3 more powerplay goals in the period including two from Collin Jennings (pictured above)  and one from Justin Keck to pull out in front by one after 2.

In the 3rd, Jakob Brook with 11:43 remaining in regulation brought the home crowd back to their feet tying the game by beating Kobe Grant top-shelf short side to make it a 5-5 game.

But just like on Friday night the Stampeders got the game-winner as Jennings rifled one bar-down with 2;29 to go to grab another come from behind win.

Kobe Grant got the win in his 2nd straight playoff start making 30 saves on 34 shots.

The Stampeders host the Kings on Tuesday night and GX94 will once again broadcast the game with the play by play kicking off at 7:00PM MB time.

Elsewhere in the MJHL,

Virden 1, OCN 3 (Series even 1-1)
**( Drayden Kurbatoff with 2G for OCN)


Portage 5, Niverville 2 (Portage leads series 2-1)
**(Ryan Botterill with 1G 2A for PORT)


Steinbach 3, Winkler 2 (Series tied 1-1)
**(Dawson Milliken notches 2 points (1G 1A) for STEIN)

Friday, 24 March 2023

Third period comeback helps Stampeders strike first in 1st round MJHL Playoff matchup


The Swan Valley Stampeders took an early 1-0 series lead in their first round MJHL playoff series after a 2-1 victory over the Dauphin Kings on Friday night.

Carter Zalischuk opened the scoring in the game for the Kings as he pick-pocketed Stamps' D Collin Jennings then put it over the left shoulder for his 1st career MJHL playoff goal to the give the visitors the early advantage through 20 minutes.

After a scoreless 2nd, the Stampeders evened things up just 4:45 into the 3rd period as Trey Sauder got a stick on a long Jennings' point shot to make it 1-1 before Justin Keck deflected home the game winner with just 68 seconds left to send the Stamps crowd home happy.

MJHL Goalie of the Year Kobe Grant turned aside 29 of 30 shots to earn the win while Kings' G Cole Sheffield was also very solid making 37 saves in the loss.

The two teams meet again on Saturday night from Dauphin's Credit Union Place and GX94 will broadcast the game as we will pick up the game in progress after Kinsmen Radio bingo starting at around 8:00PM Manitoba time (7PM Sask. time)

Other MJHL Game 1 results: 

Niverville 4, Portage 5 (2OT)

Winkler 5, Steinbach 4 (OT)

Virden 4, OCN 2

Millionaires & Terriers announce player commitments for 2023/24 season


The SJHL's Melville Millionaires announced a couple more commitments for the 2023/24 season.

The Mils inked up 2005-born forward Parker Dunn and 2005-born netminder Lyam Leblanc out of Quebec

Dunn, a Regina product had 11 goals, 15 assists for 26 points in 44 games with the Tisdale Trojans (SK U18 AAA) this past season while Leblanc played this past year with the QCHL's Cegep de L'Abitibi- Temiscaminque where he had a 0-10-0 record with a 4.77GAA & 0.823 SV% in 13 games. 


Meanwhile the Yorkton Terriers added some more size up front signing 6'4 forward Bryton Morrow. 

The Sherwood Park, AB native suited up in 37 games with the Leduc Oil Kings (AB U18 AAA) this past year and had 26 points. 

Thursday, 23 March 2023

2023 MJHL West Division First Round Preview- Swan Valley Stampeders vs. Dauphin Kings


#1 Swan Valley Stampeders (36-16-5-1 = 78 points) vs. #4 Dauphin Kings (32-21-3-2 = 69 points)

Regular Season Head to Head

Sept. 23rd/22 - 3-0 Swan Valley 
Sept. 24th/22-  3-2 Dauphin (OT) 
Dec 11th/22-    5-4 Dauphin (OT) 
Dec 16th/22-    4-3 Dauphin (OT)
Jan 11th/23 -    4-3 Dauphin 
Mar 1st/23 -     4-3 Swan Valley 

Dauphin - 4-2-0
Swan Valley- 2-1-3-0 

Regular Season Top Scorers 

#20 Jacob Jones - 58GP 30G 42A = 72 pts 
#16 Justin Keck - 53GP 31G 32A - 63 pts
#15 Trey Sauder - 58GP 24G 36A - 60 pts 
#2 Adam Rajsigl - 53GP 13G 39A = 52 points 
#6 Collin Jennings - 54GP 16G 25A = 41 points 

Goaltending-  #35 Kobe Grant- 45GP 26-14-3 record  2.69GAA  0.933SV%  3SO
                         #1 Loic Mainguy-Crepault- 15GP 10-2-2 record   3.31GAA  0.910SV%  

#16 Matthew Gough - 55GP 27G 29A = 56 pts 
#11 Mason Smith - 54GP 17G 26A = 43 pts 
#15 Alex Senft - 55GP 19G 20A = 39 pts 
#8 Owen Wareham - 58GP 8G 29A = 37 points 
#9 Blake Boudreau - 45GP 14G 18A = 32 points 

Goaltending- #35 Cole Sheffield -  32GP 15-9-2 record   2.61GAA   0.921SV%  2SO
                       #1 Marko Belak - 22GP 14-6-0 record    3.25GAA  0.903   1SO 
                       #33 Dmytro Kubitsky - 1-3-1 record   3.19GAA   0.911SV %  

Special Teams:

PP-- 45/227 = 19.8% (6th)
PK-- 171/227 = 78.8% (8th) 

PP-- 39/223 = 16.7% (13th)
PK-- 185/233 = 80.4% (7th) 

Stampeders PP vs. Dauphin -->  5/28 = 17.9% 
Kings PP vs. Swan Valley -->   6/26 = 23.1% 


Game 1- Fri. Mar 24th - Dauphin @ Swan Valley (7:00PM MB) (GX94) 

Game 2- Sat. Mar 25th - Swan Valley @ Dauphin (7:30PM MB) (GX94)  

Game 3-  Tues. Mar 28th - Dauphin @ Swan Valley (7:00PM MB) (GX94) 

Game 4- Fri. Mar 31st- Swan Valley @ Dauphin (7:30PM MB) (GX94) 

**Game 5- Sat. Apr 1st - Dauphin @ Swan Valley (7:00PM MB) (GX94) 

**Game 6- Tues. Apr 4th - Swan Valley @ Dauphin (7:30PM MB) (GX94) 

**Game 7- Wed. Apr 5th - Dauphin @ Swan Valley (7:00PM MB) (GX94) 

**If Necessary

(GX94)- Broadcasted on GX94 with pregame starting 10 minutes prior to puck drop


Series Preview with Stampeders Asst. Coach Darren Webster below: