The OCN Blizzard were a crossbar away from what would have almost certainly been the fastest goal to start a series in MJHL Playoff history. Danil Kalashnikov rang one off the crossbar, MAYBE five seconds into the contest, and the Blizzard out skated and out-hit the Stamps at every turn through the first 10 minutes, but the Stamps weathered the early storm.
Jayson Argue stopped all 14 shots he faced in the opening period, and all 35 he faced on the night, as Swan beat OCN 2-0, to grab the early 1-0 series edge.
Argue made a pair of saves off T.J. Constant in that first period that were sensational.
Justin Valentino put the Stamps up 1-0 after one period, when he took a pass from Tony Partridge on a 2-on-1, and put a shot off the stick of Blizzard D Josh Elmes and by Matt Krahn.
After a scoreless second period, the Stampeders were short-handed late in the third, when Valentino was sprung on a breakaway. He was stopped, but defenseman Riley Hiebert followed up the play, and hammered a slapshot home from just outside the crease to make it 2-0.
Shots were 35-21 OCN on the night.
Game 2 goes tonight (SAT) in Swan River at 7:30.
The Yorkton Terriers drew first blood in the Highway 10 rivalry series.
Tyler Giebel scored twice including the empty netter, as the Terriers beat Melville 4-1.
Brent Struble and Riley Paterson each had a goal and an assist for Yorkton, who out-shot the Millionaires 45-20.
Warren Shymko earned the win, while Blake Voth was solid in a losing cause.
Ian McNulty scored Melville's only goal, while Jesse Mireau received a game ejection in the 2nd period.
Game 2 is tonight (SAT) in Melville. Catch the Pre Game Show at 7:00, Play by Play at 7:30 on GX94.