Sunday, March 11, 2012


For a second straight game, the Swan Valley Stampeders held a 1-0 lead after two periods, but went on to lose by a goal, and this time, it ended their season.

In a must-win Game 6, the Stampeders kept the Blizzard to a scoreless tie after one, despite being out-shot 15-9.

Early in the second, 20-year-old Beau Taylor scored his first of the series, and it stayed 1-0 for a while.

Then, the best player on the ice (maybe tied with Stamps' goalie Argue) all night, Blizzard defenseman Nathan Bruyere, seemed to skate the puck through the neutral zone at will, time after time, and after an end-to-end rush, he found a wide-open Kolton Baptiste in front who tied it, and then T.J. Constant, who couldn't solve Argue on multiple Grade 'A' chances all series, beat him with his last shot, high over the blocker, just 1:41 later, with 5:05 remaining.

While the Stampeders likely weren't trying to sit on a 1-0 lead on purpose, they were out-shot 13-2 in the final period, and 38-18 on the night.

The Stamps managed only 12 goals in the 6 game series, and Argue did his part, with a 2.43 GAA, .926%, and a shutout.

At the other end, Matt Krahn's numbers were just a little bit better, as the 20-year-old went 4-2, with a 1.96 GAA and .930%.

The Stampeders graduate three 20-year-olds, all forwards, in captain Tony Partridge, local product Jeff Riddell, and Beau Taylor, who scored their final goal of the season, after a 20 goal, 40 point campaign.

Everyone else can potentially come back next season, and the Stamps should be built to contend in the Sherwood Division in 2012-2013.

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