Friday, 27 February 2015
Stamps lose on home ice 3-2 to visiting Neepawa; Now have 2 point lead for 6th on Selkirk
The Swan Valley Stampeders got out to a 3-0 deficit and couldn't finish the comeback late as they fell short in a 3-2 home ice to the Neepawa Natives on Friday night in front of a packed house at the Centennial Arena.
The Stampeders would get off to a pretty good start to the opening period, but they couldn't make anything out of their chances to open the scoring as it would be visitors who would draw first blood as Drake Lindsay would deflect home his 24th goal of the season to give Neepawa an early 1-0 lead, a lead that would stand after 1 period.
In the 2nd, the Stamps thought they had tied things up just second into the period, but the goal was disallowed as they said BJ Avery batted it in with his glove. Then just 16 seconds later, the Natives would increase their lead to 2, when captain Steven Phillips would slip home his 21st of the year through the five-hole of Lasse Petersen to make it 2-0 and that would draw the end for the Stamps' goalies night as he was pulled for Graham Hunt. The visitors would take that 2 goal lead into the 2nd intermission.
Stephen Mather would make it a 3-0 lead for Neepawa just 3:27 into the final frame as his deflection would go top shelf on Hunt for his 14th of the season. But the Stamps would wake up as the period would go on as Daylan Creasy would get the Stamps on the board as he got only his 2nd goal of the 14/15 season to make it 3-1. Tristen Mullin would make things very interesting as with the extra attacker he would cut the Stamps to within 1 as he got his team leading 23rd goal of the season to make it 3-2 but that's as close as they would get as their valiant effort at the end would come up short as Neepawa won its 15th game of the season, 3-2 over Swan Valley.
Alex Henry faced alot of shots but was able to turn aside 43 shots for the win while Lasse Petersen started for Swan but was pulled after allowing 2 goals on 10 shots. Graham Hunt would make 18 saves on 19 shots he faced for the Stamps.
The Stamps are now only 2 points ahead of Selkirk for 6th place after the Steelers beat OCN Blizzard in the shootout tonight. Swan Valley will return to action on Sunday when they visit the Winkler Flyers at 5PM.
Over in the SJHL,
The Melville Millionaires took one big step closer to clinching top spot in the Viterra Division as they snapped their 4 game losing streaking by blanking the Estevan Bruins on Friday night, 3-0 in front of a packed house at Affinity Place in Estevan.
Brennen Miller, Tyson Predinchuk & Landon Farrell (Empty netter) would score for the Mils while Trevor Martin made 25 saves for his 3rd shutout of the season. Captain Allen Kilback had 2 assists in his return to the Mils lineup.
The Mils are now a win and/or Weyburn loss away from clinching the Viterra division and they will play their final regular season game on Saturday night when they host the back end of the home and home vs. Estevan at 7:30 from the Horizon Credit Union Center.
Meanwhile in Yorkton,
The Yorkton Terriers dropped their final game of the 2014/15 season as they got a point but loss in overtime to the Humboldt Broncos 4-3.
Riley Hunt, Tyson Enzie & Shane Sherban (1st SJHL goal) scored for the Terriers in the loss, while 20 year old Dawson MacAuley playing in his final Junior game made 36 saves in the losing cause.
The Broncos secure a playoff spot with win, while the Terriers will not make the playoffs for first time in 13 years.
Big props and Congratulations to the 5 20 year olds who had their Junior careers end, to Josh Ellis, Daylan Gatzke, Dallas Rossiter, Dylan Johnson and Dawson MacAuley, best of luck going forrward thanks for making memories over your 3 years with the Terriers.