Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wayway Drops 9th Straight; Stamps Beat Blues

The Wayway Wolverines saw their losing streak extend to 9 games last night, with a 4-2 loss in Neepawa.

After a scoreless first period, Neepawa struck twice in the middle frame, but the Wolverines answered with goals from Jared McCarthy and Dave Williams in the first 3:30 of the third to tie it. The Natives added the winner on a late powerplay, and an empty-netter for good measure.

Graham Fast scored twice for Neepawa, while Wes Pawluk added three helpers.

Wayway's Deszi Wiens made 39 saves in the loss, while Neepawa's Matt Krahn stopped 30/32 shots in the win.

The two teams meet up again tonight (SAT) in Wayway at 7:30.


The Swan Valley Stampeders ended a 3-game winless streak, with a 6-4 win over the visiting Winnipeg South Blues.

The Stamps were down 1-0 early in the first, before exploding for four goals in roughly 8 minutes toward the end of the period. The Blues chipped away, tied the game at 4 in the third, but Swan Valley struck back, and also scored an empty netter with one second left to win it.

The Darcy Riddell (2g-1a), Ryan Marshall (1g-2a) and Carter Selinger (3a) line combined for 9 points, while Myles Stevens, Chris Reimer and Shelby Gray also scored goals, and defenseman Paul Bonar added of pair of assists.

The Stamps host the Blues once again tonight at 7:30, before breaking for the holidays until January 2nd when the Dauphin Kings come to town for the fourth and final time of the regular season.

Swan Valley also got some help on Friday night, with Portage losing 7-2 to Dauphin, and OCN falling 7-0 in Selkirk. A Neepawa loss to Wayway would have made it a perfect night for the Stamps, but they're still in a pretty good spot, and would be a season-high 12 games above .500 if they can pull out another win tonight (SAT).

Darcy Riddell joined the 20-goal club, notching his 20th and 21st on Friday. Chris Reimer added his team-leading 27th, while Ryan Marshall sniped his 26th. Myles Stevens bagged his 18th. I remember thinking it was possible for the Stamps to have five 20-goal guys by Christmas. For that to happen, both Stevens and Ryan Griffiths would need two goals each tonight.

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