Monday, October 31, 2011


After a clean face-off win by T.J. Fairall, Brendan Mitchell leaned into a one-timer, and put a bullet top shelf, stick side, and the Swan Valley Stampeders ended a busy weekend with a 6-5 overtime win in Neepawa.

The Stamps trailed twice in the first period, but tied it quickly both times. Beau Taylor made it 1-1 just 1:57 after the Natives opened the scoring, and Colin Baudry scored his first MJHL goal only 28 seconds after Neepawa made it 2-1.

From there, the Stampeders never trailed again.

Anthony Nobili, in his return to Neepawa, banged home a rebound early in the second, but a quick whistle negated his first goal in Swan Valley colours. Jeff Riddell did make it 3-2 Stamps shortly after.

Sam Prpich was a thorn in the side of his former team, tying the game twice, at 3-3 and 4-4. The former Stamp and Yorkton Terriers has three goals in two games against Swan.

After two periods, the Stamps led 4-3 thanks to a Dylan Reimer goal in the final minute.

The third was an eventful one too.

T.J. Fairall made it 5-4 late, but right after a late powerplay, Neepawa's Connor Faupel sent a shot from the point that found it's way through, forcing OT.

In overtime, short-handed, Faupel went end to end on a 1-on-2, split the defense (one of which was a forward), but was robbed on a circus glove save by Patrick Johnson... which kept the Stamps alive, and later led to Mitchell's winner.

Johnson quickly scooped up the puck after the winning goal, as he celebrates his first MJHL win, making 23/28 saves.

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