Thursday 27 February 2020

Stampeders' drop shootout decision to Virden in MJHL regular season finale

The Swan Valley Stampeders' dropped their 2019/20 regular season finale on Thursday night, falling 6-5 in the shootout to the Virden Oil Capitals.

The Oil Caps got off to a quick start as just 3:55 in, Jack Einarson made a nice play off a offensive zone draw as he beat Mikael Foucher over the right pad for his 17th of the season to make it a 1-0.

The Stamps though responded just 24 seconds later as Callum Fortin's long point shot beat a screened Ethan Petersen for his 13th to tie things up.

Tommy Cardinal then gave Swan their first lead of the night just 40 seconds later on the PP as he beat Petersen five-hole from right in the slot for his 22nd of the campaign to give the Stamps their first lead at 2-1 just 4:59 into the 1st.

The Oil Caps evened it up late with a rebound goal from Hunter Andrew that knotted up the final meeting of the season at two's after 20 minutes of play.

In the 2nd, the goal continued to come as Darren Gisti got the party started in the 2nd notching his 3rd goal of the year to make it 3-2 but Ryley Lanthier, in his return to the Stamps' lineup would chip in his 6th of the season that evened up it at 3-3.

The two teams would exchange goals once again from Tyler Teasdale (VIR) and Frazer Dood (SV) before Jack Einarson regained the Oil Caps one goal lead at 5-4 with 1:38 left in the 2nd to give them a 5-4 advantage through 2 periods.

The Oil Caps would continue to lead well into the third until Luke Beerman's 18th of the season tied it up on the PP with 4:26 to go in regulation to make it 5-5 and force overtime.

After an overtime which the Stamps' had a PP in went scoreless it would go to a shootout where all three Oil Caps shooters in Hunter Cloutier, Kolton Kanaski and Jack Einarson all scored to lead the Oil Caps to the extra.

With the win, Virden now pulls into a tie for 5th in the MJHL standings with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.

The Stampeders' next game will most likely be next Friday for Game 1 of their MJHL Quarter-Final on home-ce with their opponent still to be determined.

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