The luck of the Irish wasn't on the side of the Swan Valley Stampeders on this St. Patrick's Day as they had their season come to an end as they fell 7-3 to the Winnipeg Blues and the Blues swept the Stamps 4-0 to advance to the MJHL Semi-Finals.
The Blues would get off to a very fast start as just 56 seconds in, Kamerin Nault would rip one top shelf on Graham Hunt to give the Blues a 1-0 lead early. It would stay like that until the 16:18 mark when Reid Stefanson would beat Hunt for his 1st of the series to make it a 2 goal game at 2-0. The Stamps would cut the deficit in half as Tristan Langan would bang home his 3rd of the post season to make it 2-1. But maybe what could be the turning point of the game just 16 seconds later, Brett Brooks would regain the 2 goal lead to take the momentum and give the Blues a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The 2nd period would once again begin well for the Blues and for the 2nd straight time it would be Nault producing as this time short handed he would pick pocket the Stamps dman and slip home his 2nd of the night to make it a 4-1 game early in the middle frame. Scott Rowswell would add a power play just a short time later and for the first time in the series the Blues had a 4 goal lead. Swan would once again cut back into the Blues lead as Tristan Mullin would get a shorthanded breakaway and he would make no mistake for his 1st of the series to cut the deficit to just 5-2. But the Blues would once again as Liam Bilton would take a nice a nice feed in front from Brett Brooks and hammer past Lasse Petersen who would relieve Graham Hunt, and it was once again a 4 goal lead at 6-2. But the Stamps would not die as Winnipeg netminder Scott Parsons' would mis-handle behind his own net and Jordan Valentino would capitalize and make it 6-3 Blues after 2 periods.
But that's as close as they would get as Brett Brooks would ice it into the empty late in the 3rd to help the Blues to the Game 4 and Series victory with a 7-3 win.
Graham Hunt stopped 16 of 21 shots in the losing cause, while Lasse Petersen made 4 saves on 5 shots in his relief. Scott Parsons got his 3rd win of the season as he turned aside 32 Stamps shots.
I would like thank the Stamps for everything they did for me this season and for making it another enjoyable season. Also a best of the luck to the 3 20-year olds who are moving on:
#14 Bo Sigurdson (pictured left)
#19 BJ Avery (pictured middle)
#22 Nick Kobelka (pictured right)
Congrats on the Jr. Careers fellas and best of luck going forward.
The future looks pretty bright for the Stamps as they have a total of 19 players eligible to come back.
One Final Post Game of 14/15 with Stamps HC/GM Erik Petersen