The Swan Valley Stampeders dropped their 2nd straight on Friday night, falling 3-0 to the 1st place Steinbach Pistons.
After a scoreless 1st period the Pistons would get on the board very early in the middle frame. Just 29 seconds into the 2nd, Drew Worrad would take a nice pass in front and he would snap home his 17th of the season to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead. The Stamps would have some great chance to even things up with 5 power plays in the 2nd including a short 5 on 3 and a lengthy 4 minute PP but they weren't able to convert as Pistons' goaltender Matt Radomsky stood tall. The Pistons would add a late PP goals as a nice give and go would be finished off by MJHL-leading scorer Bradley Schoonbaert for his 26th and that gave the road team a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
The Stampeders would have a few more good chance in the 3rd but they couldn't capitalize. Schoonbaert would add his 2nd of the game late in the 3rd to solidify the Pistons their 2 points.
Steinbach goaltender Matt Radomsky made 29 saves for his 6th shutout of the season while Ethan Petersen made 32 stops in the loss.
The Stamps who still remain 2 points back from the Neepawa Natives for that final MJHL playoff spot will be back at it on Saturday when they host the Portage Terriers. Puck drop is at 7:30.
Elsewhere in the MJHL,
Winnipeg beat Wayay 7-5
Portage hammered Dauphin 5-1
Virden blanked Selkirk 4-0
In the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League on Friday,
The Melville dropped their 2nd in a row falling 2-1 on home ice to the Nipawin Hawks.
Austin Mikesh and Cory Schillo exchanged goals to make it 1-1 then Josh McDougall would get the GWG late in the 3rd period.
Declan Hobbs made 22 stops to get the win in net for the Hawks while Colby Entz in the losing cause made 24 saves.
The two teams will play the back half of the home and home series on Saturday night when they meet in Nipawin Hawks.
Other SJHL games,
Melfort defeated La Ronge 6-2
Notre Dame came back to defeat Humboldt 5-2
Weyburn slipped by Kindersley 3-1
And Battlefords beat the Flin Flon Bombers 4-3 in OT