It's only mid-late October, but the Swan Valley Stampeders are already done with the Steinbach Pistons... and they swept them.
All were tight games, decided by 2 goals or less (three by one goal), but the Stampeders did take all 8 possible points in their season series with the Pistons, including Saturday night's 3-2 decision on the road.
Jayson Argue came up big in net for the Stamps, who were out-shot 38-28. Argue made 35 saves, lifting his save percentage to a sparkling .932.
Doing the scoring were Cramer Coulthart, Eric Rochefort, and Brad McDonald's whose 10th of the season was the game winner.
Rochefort scored 2 goals in Swan's first game of the season, and notched the OT winner the next night, both against Steinbach. He snapped a 14-game goal-less drought on Saturday... and all four of his goals this season have come against the Pistons. I thought Rochefort-Tony Partridge-Hugo Allard was the Stamps' most dangerous trio Friday in Portage. Look for that line to step it up, as secondary scoring is an area that needs to be addressed in the Valley.
I'm not sure this stat bothers the Stamps THAT much, since they're 11-5-1, and back in first place in the Sherwood... but believe it or not, despite that record... they haven't scored more than 3 goals in a game since September 25th (also against Steinbach). They've only managed more than 3 goals three times this season, all in their first 5 games, with five being their season-high.
The Stampeders wrap up their four game swing Sunday against the Blues in Winnipeg.
I wondered how having almost a week off would effect the Wayway Wolverines, who were one of the hottest teams in the league, going 5-1-1 in their last 7.
They didn't seem to have their scoring touch on Saturday, in a 3-1 loss to visiting Neepawa, which keeps Wayway last in the Sherwood Division.
Rookie Brett Pinkerton, who continues a personal hot streak, scored Wayway's only goal.
High School Football action... the Yorkton Sacred Heart Saints beat the Melville Cobras 36-13 Saturday afternoon, earning a spot in Provincials.
Preston Liebrecht ran for 5 touchdowns for the Saints, while Karson Erbach scored both for Melville.
Assiniboia, who hadn't lost a game all year, lost to Maple Creek in a close one... so Sacred Heart will face Maple Creek in Provincial action next Saturday.
Head to www.saskgridiron.com for more football scores, and a provincial draw.