Stamps fall in exhibition action

First-year player Jarret Aschenbrenner battles for the puck along the end boards during a game against the Wilkie Outlaws Oct. 29 at the Meadow Lake Arena. Aschenbrenner is one of two rookies on the team who played midget last season.

By Mac Christie

The Meadow Lake Senior Stampeders played their first exhibition game of the season Oct. 29 at the Meadow Lake arena, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Wilkie Outlaws.

The Stampeders found themselves in an early hole after Wilkie scored to make it 1-0 33 seconds into the game.
Things didn’t get any better when Wilkie made it 2-0 less than five minutes later.

“I think we came out a little flat,” said goaltender Rick Dallyn. “Especially me. I think the first two shots were goals, and that’s not acceptable.”

Meadow Lake struck back at 10:49 of the first period, with Tedi Hood scoring his first of two. Forty seconds later Hood struck again to even the score at two apiece.

Shortly after Meadow Lake took the lead, with first-year player Jarret Aschenbrenner burying a slap shot from the slot to make it 3-2.

But the Stampeder’s lead was short-lived, as Wilkie tallied to knot the score at 3-3 with five minutes left in the period.

A giveaway at WIlkie blue line led to Wilkie’s fourth goal, giving the Outlaws a 4-3 lead, but Dustin Gorst pounced a rebound less than a minute later to pull the Stampeders even at 4-4.

The third period was back and forth before new recruit Eric Calibaba got a roughing penalty and a 10 minute misconduct with just under seven minutes to play.

The penalty ended up costing the Stampeders as Wilkie scored the game-winner just before the power play expired to go up 5-4.

Although Meadow Lake pulled the goalie to press for the equalizer, Wilkie scored into the empty net to put the game out of reach with four seconds remaining.

Despite the loss, Gorst said the game was good for the team.
“It’s nice to get out there and get our feet wet.” he said. “Just to get in game shape is key.”

The Stampeders have some new faces this year, including forwards Eric Calibaba and Jordan Keller, who work for Sask Power.

Calibaba said for the first game, it was a good team effort.

“It was just getting to know the guys,” he noted. “The chemistry will come along with a few more games under our belts.”

The team also has some young faces this season, with Aschenbrenner and Ashton McIntyre joining the team after graduating from midget.

Meadow Lake's Tedi Hood comes up with the puck deep in Wilkie's zone. Hood had the hot hand for the Stampeders, scoring twice in a 6-4 loss.

Coach Ian Turberfield said it’s nice to see the local faces on the team.

“It’s been a while since we’ve had some young guys come up like McIntyre and
Aschenbrenner,” he noted. “We’re trying to grow from within and those guys are going to be future players for this hockey team.”

Turberfield noted the game against Wilkie was a chance to see where the team stood.

“If it was a league game I would have been down to three lines, matching lines,” he said. “But I was happy with some of our young guys who hadn’t seen play at this level before.”

He added the team was without defenceman Jace Andersen and goalie Travis Harrington, who will be big parts of the team as well as potential import player Cole Fern, originally from Goodsoil.


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