The Swan Valley Stampeders started their 2015/16 MJHL season with a bang as they opened it up with a 4-2 win over the OCN Blizzard on Friday night at the Centennial Arena in Swan River.
The two teams would play a very entertaining first period with the Stamps outshooting the Blizzard 16-11 in a scoreless first period.
Former Blizzard Tanner Koroscil would get the opening goal of the season for the Stamps as he would bang home his first of the season to give the home team an early 1-0 lead. It would stay like that until the 10:28 mark of the middle frame when Blizzard defenceman Rick Nicholson would find the loose puck and bang it home past goaltender Zach Degraves for his 1st to tie things up at 1-1. But before the period could end local product Tristan Langan (pictured above) would deflect home his 1st of a couple on the night to give the Stamps a one goal lead at 2-1 after 40 minutes.
Just 7:42 into the 3rd, veteran Stamp Daylan Creasy would take a nice feed in front and snap it home to give his team their first 2-goal lead at 3-1. The Blizzard would make things interesting as 20 year old Brendon Barron would bounce on a loose puck to get his team within 1 at 3-2. But with less than a minute to go, Langan would seal it into the empty net for his 2nd of the night to give Stamps their first victory, a 4-2 decision over their rivals the OCN Blizzard.
Zach Degraves stopped 32 of 34 shots to get his 1st MJHL win in his 1st start in a Stamps uniform. Blizzard goaltender was equally as good in a losing cause making 42 saves on 45 shots.
The Stamps will go right back at it on Saturday night when they visit the Wayway Wolverines at 7:30PM Mb time from the Wayway Arena Complex.
Other MJHL results:
Neepawa Natives 5 @ Dauphin Kings 2
Portage Terriers 4 @ Virden Oil Capitals 1
Winkler Flyers 5 @ Steinbach Pistons 2
Winnipeg Blues 4 @ Selkirk Steelers 3
Elsewhere in SJHL,
The Yorkton Terriers dropped their 3rd straight game to start the season, a 4-2 game in the Battlefords.
Jordan Evans & Jordan McCausland (1st SJHL goal) provided the offence for the Terriers. Matt Kustra made his 1st start of the season making 29 saves in a losing cause.
The Terriers will continue their road trip on Saturday night in Kindersley at 7:30PM.