For the first time in their 20 year history, the Swan Valley Stampeders will play in the MJHL Championship series after the Stamps defeated the Steinbach Pistons 5-3 in Game 6 to win their Semi-Final series, 4 games to 2.
The Stamps would kick off the scoring just 31 seconds into the 1st as Brad Goethals would take a nice pass across from Josh Tripp & snipe home his 7th of the postseason to make it 1-0. Matt Osadick would make it 2-0 as his long slap-shot would beat a screened Matt Radomsky for his 6th of playoffs to help them to a very good shot. The Pistons would cut their deficit in half as the puck would take a big bounce off the end glass right out in front for Riley Vautour who tapped it in to make it 2-1. Swan would add two more to make it a 3 goal lead with two goals from Tucker Scantlebury to give them a 4-1 advantage after 1 period.
In the 2nd, the Pistons would come out with some jump and would be awarded netting the only goal of the period as Doug Johnson's low point shot would be deflected in by Tanner Mole, for his 5th to make it a 4-2 game after 40 minutes.
The Pistons would get a late goal from Kyle Bettens with 5:18 to go to make it 4-3 but thats as close as they would get as Dane Hirst would ice the game into the empty with just a second left to push Swan to a two goal win.
Merek Pipes was steady in the Stamps' net making 26 saves on 29 shots in the win while Matt Radomsky turned aside 31 shots in the losing cause.
The Stamps will now face off with the top-ranked Portage Terriers in the MJHL Turnbull Cup Final championship series which will begin this weekend.
Post Game with Stamps. Asst Coach/Director of Player Personnel Darren Webster below: