The Swan Valley Stampeders got off to a great start to their Game 1 getting an early 2-0 lead but they weren't able to hold as they dropped the opening game of their first round series by a score of 5-3 to the Winnipeg Blues at the MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg.
Colton Brausen got the ball rolling for the Stamps as he banged home his 1st of the playoffs to make it a 1-0 lead. Then just a short time later Tristan Langan would sneak one through goalie Scott Parsons for his 1st to make it a 2-0 Swan Valley lead after 20 minutes.
After the Stamps got 2 in the opening period, the Blues would counter with 2 back of their own in the middle frame. Jackson Keane, a UND commit would go top shelf on Graham Hunt to cut the lead in half just 7:03 into the 2nd. Just over 3 minutes later, it would be big Garrett Browning's turn to get into the act as he hammered his 1st of the post season to tie things up at deuces after 2 period.
Liam Bilton would give the home team their first lead of the night as he scored a beauty splitting the Stamps D then finished it off short side high on Hunt to make it 3-2. Maverick Rafter would once again go high over the right shoulder of the Swan goalie to increase their lead to 2 at 4-2. The Stamps would make it interesting with 9:44 to go as on the PP, Jordan Valentino's long point shot would get through some traffic and hit the back of the net to make it a one game once again. But in the final minute, Blues sniper Kamerin Nault would ice it into the empty net to help the Blues draw first blood in this series with a 5-3 Game 1 victory.
Blues' goalie Scott Parsons stopped 15 of 18 shots to get the win, while Graham Hunt made 26 saves in the losing cause.
The Blues who now have a 1-0 series lead, will visit the Stampeders on Friday night for Game 2, Puck drop is 7:30 MB time from the Centennial Arena in Swan River
Game 1 Recap with Stamps HC/GM Erik Petersen
Also on Wednesday night in Portage, the Wayway Wolverines weren't able to get anything going on the road as they dropped their opening game of their Best of 7 series as they hammered 7-1 by the Portage Terriers.
Robert Briem had the lone goal for Wayway, while Carson Perreaux (2G 1A) and Grant Valiquette (3A) had 3 points each for the Terriers to lead the way.
Mitch Wiebe made 18 saves on 23 shots before he left with an injury then Brandon Holtby came in and made 15 saves in relief. Justin Laforest was victorious making 24 saves in the win.
The Wolverines will look to even things up in their series on Friday when they host the Terriers for Game 2, 7:30 MB from the Wayway Arena Complex.