Swan Valley Coach Dwayne Kirkup said on our Pre Game Show that he was concerned about how much his team was talking about the Saturday/Monday home-and-home with Wayway, and reminded them they had 2 big points on the line Friday in Neepawa.
On the Post Game Show, he said his group was clearly focused on the task at hand, and controlled much the game in a 6-1 win over the Natives.
T.J. Fairall scored twice, giving him 28 on the season. Sam Briscoe and Dylan Favell also helped the Stamps to a 4-0 lead.
Then, shortly after the Natives got on the board, the Stamps did something they hadn't done all season, and they did it twice.
Beau Taylor let a simple wrist shot go on 2-on-2 on a penalty kill that fooled Natives' goalie Jared Knott, and went seemingly through his glove, for a short-handed goal. On that same penalty kill, 40 seconds later, Tony Patridge led a 2-on-1, and sent a slapshot along the ice, and Knott kicked the rebound to Justin Valentino, who made no mistake scoring his 21st of the year.
57 games and 2 periods without a short-handed goal, and then they score two in 40 seconds!
Swan Valley is now 2 points ahead of Wayway for the final playoff spot in the Sherwood Division, while Wayway has a game in hand... and the Stamps and Wolverines will duke it out tonight (SAT) in Swan River, and holiday Monday in Wayway. Both games will be on GX94.
After the weekend, Wayway plays @ Dauphin, @ Neepawa, home to Dauphin. Swan's home to OCN, and @ Dauphin.
What a race!
A fight-filled game at the Horizon Credit Union Centre saw the Melville Millionaires fall 7-4 to the visiting Humboldt Broncos.
4 fights in total, including Tyler Bird and Joey Davies squaring off twice.
Former Yorkton Terrier Robbie Ciolfi had a goal and three assists for Humboldt, while Russell Trudeau scored two for Melville.
The Millionaires know they'll finish 3rd in the Sherwood and face 2nd place Yorkton in Round 1.
Melville finishes up their regular season on Tuesday at home against Notre Dame. Yorkton's in Notre Dame tonight (SAT) for their last regular season contest.