The Swan Valley Stampeders won their 2nd straight overall and 4th straight against Neepawa defeating the Neepawa Natives 9-3 on Wednesday night.
In the 1st, Josh Maucieri would get the Stamps on the board as he would beat goaltender Kolby Thornton over the right shoulder with a nice wrist shot for his 8th goal of the season to give his team a 1-0 lead just 4:47 into the game. Swan would add to their lead just under 7 minutes later as Brian Harris would sneak a nice pass from down-low to Alex Uryga in front who would slip it through the five-hole of Thornton for his 2nd marker in as many nights to give them a 2 goal lead. But just 1:11 later, Neepawa would answer back as Michael Boutoussov would catch the Stamps flat-footed in their own zone and sneak in his 3rd to make it one goal game at 2-1 after 20 minutes.
Neepawa would pull even at 2-2 just 92 seconds into the middle frame as Corbin Mariash would would grab a loose puck and beat Michael Davis for his 2nd of the year. But the Stampeders would quickly respond with a couple beauty goals from Brad Goethals, his 8th and 9th of the seasons to regain the Stamps’ two goal lead at 4-2. Tanner McKechnie would add a second PP goal in the late stages of the period banging home a rebound to make it 5-2 Swan Valley after 2 periods.
The Stamps would make it 6-2 just 1:13 into the 3rd as Jaden Townsend would capitalize on a shorthanded chance for his 4th on the campaign. Just 37 seconds later though, Jesse Gibbons would make it a 3 goal game once again with another PP goal to make it 6-3. The Stamps would add 3 more goals late for some insurance off the sticks of Carter Cockburn, Josh Maucieri and Matt Osadick to help them to the 6 goal win.
Michael Davis made 27 saves in the Swan net to earn his 10th victory of the season while Neepawa net minder Kolby Thornton turned aside 39 shots in the loss.
The Stamps’ next games will be this weekend on Saturday and Sunday both in Steinbach against the defending champion Pistons.
Elsewhere in the MJHL,
Portage 8 Selkirk 2
Winnipeg 0 Dauphin 4
The Melville Millionaires pulled into a 3rd place tie in the Viterra division with Weyburn after a 3-1 victory over the Red Wings on Wednesday on home ice.
Cory Schillo led the way for the Mils with 1G 1A including the GWG while John Elliot and Luke Nkwama had the others.
Berk Berkeliev (pictured above) made 27 saves on 28 shots to earn the win in goal.
The Mils will look for back to back victories on Friday night when they visit the Estevan Bruins for another Viterra division showdown. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey, “Sask Milk” pregame show starts at 7:20 pp begins at 7:30 from Affinity Place.
Other Tuesday SJHL results:
Notre Dame 4 Estevan 3 (OT)
Melfort 3 Kindersley 1