Tuesday 10 March 2015

MJHL Quarter-Final Preview- 6th. Swan Valley Stampeders vs. #3 Winnipeg Blues

"MJHL Quarter-Final Series"

6th- Swan Valley Stampeders (28-26-6) = 62 points vs 3rd. Winnipeg Blues (38-15-7) = 83 points

"Regular Season Head to Head

Sept 27th/14- Winnipeg over Swan Valley 6-2
Oct 17th/14- Swan Valley over Winnipeg  5-2
Oct 18th/14- Winnipeg over Swan Valley 4-3
Nov 23/14- Swan Valley over Winnipeg 2-1
Feb 8th/15- Winnipeg over Swan Valley 6-1
Feb 22nd/15- Winnipeg over Swan Valley 6-1

Stampeders: 2-4-0
Blues: 4-2-0

Top Scorers (Regular Season)

#9 Tristan Mullin- 58GP 24G 28A= 52 points
#11 Braydon MacDonald - 59GP 19G 26A= 45 points
#17 Carter Johnson- 60GP 17G 28A= 45points
#19 BJ Avery - 59GP 18G 18A= 36 points
#22 Nick Kobelka-- 56GP 16G 20A= 36 points


#29 Graham Hunt- 23-25-0 record  4SO   3.07GAA    0.915SV %
#35 Lasse Petersen- 5-7-0 record,  3.40GAA    0.912 SV %



8 Kamerin Nault - 57GP 33G 38A= 71 Points
#14 Brett Broooks - 58GP 23G 39A=  62 Points
#12 Jackson Keane - 50GP 20G 40A= 61 Points
#19 Liam Bilton - 55GP 25G 27A= 55 Points
#10 Scott Rowswell- 56GP 27G 21A= 48 Points


#30 Brian Archibald-- 10-2-0 record   1SO  2.70GAA   0.906SV%
 #35 Scott Parsons--  23-17-0 record   3SO    2.63GAA    0.903SV%

Special Teams (Regular Season)

Power Play:
Swan Valley-- (9th- 14.6%)
Winnipeg-- (3rd-  20.7%)

Penalty Kill:
Swan Valley-- (10th- 77.9%)
Winnipeg-- (4th- 83.6%)


Game 1- Wed. Mar 11th- Swan Valley @ Winnipeg  7:30pm

Game 2- Fri. March 13th- Winnipeg @ Swan Valley 7:30pm

Game 3- Sun. March 15th-  Swan Valley @ Winnipeg  6:30pm

Game 4- Tues. Mar 17th-Winnipeg @ Swan Valley 7:30PM

Game 5- Fri. Mar 20th- Swan Valley @ Winnipeg 7:30pm **

Game 6- Sun. Mar 22nd- Winnipeg @ Swan Valley 6:00pm **

Game 7- Mon. Mar 23rd- Swan Valley @ Winnipeg 7:30pm **

**If Necessary

*GX94- (GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Playoff)



         The Stamps played some pretty good hockey down the stretch to secure them 6th spot in the MJHL standings and out of the Survivor Series which gave them a little time off before their Quarter-Final match-up. Swan Valley now has a date with the defending MJHL champion Winnipeg Blues who have around a dozen returnees from last years championship team.

          1st year Stampeder Tristan Mullin, the reigning MJHL Player of the Month has had an impressive last couple months of the regular season that vaulted him to lead the Stamps in regular season with 24G and 52 points and they hope he can continue that the offensive touch in the post season. They also need the offence from likes of Carter Johnson, Braydon MacDonald, and 20 year old's Nick Kobelka & BJ Avery to step up a bit more to keep up with the Blues' high powered offence.

           For the Blues, they will come at you with 4 solid lines where there isn't much seperation from line 1 to 4. Kamerin Nault is having a breakout season with almost doubling his point total from a year ago while the likes of Brett Brooks, Liam Bilton and Scott Rowswell can all take over a game and use their good size to their advantage. Then you haven't even mentioned one of the most skilled players in the MJHL in 17 year old Jackson Keane who missed a bunch games when he was with Canada West at the World Jr. A Challenge was still able to end up with 20 goals & a 48 points and has the ability to control a series.

           When brought in last year I'm sure if Stamps fans or HC/GM Erik Petersen knew just how valuable Graham Hunt would be in his 19 year old. Hunt, who was named a 2nd team MJHL All-Star and also a finalist for MVP & Top Goalie, has single handily won games for the Stamps this season and he might have to do the same for the Swan River bunch here in the Quarter-Finals and beyond. Backup Lasse Petersen has also shown this season that he can beat the top teams and is capable to fill void if need. While for the Blues, they had a big hole to fill when Byron Spriggs graduated a year ago, and 19 year old Scott Parsons has answered that call putting together a very solid 1st season as a starter. Blues Head Coach/GM Don MacGillvary then later in the season brings in 20 year old veteran Brian Archibald to provide the Blues two goaltenders that are capable of winning in the playoffs.
          So all in all, I think this series is capable of being closer than most think but Swan needs to keep the goals against down as they allowed 6 goals in 3 out of 4 defeats against the Blues. Another key for the Stamps will need to be strong special teams, something that has struggled for them all season and something that might make the difference in which way this series goes.

Stamps HC/GM Erik Petersen with his quick thoughts on the Series below

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