Stamps have a three-point weekend

Stampeders (l-r) Cole Fern, Dustin Gorst and Darren Caron work the power play in the opening period of the Stampeders and Edam 3 Stars game Saturday night in Meadow Lake.

By Rhonda Cooper

The Meadow Lake Stampeders ended week three of the regular season in the North Saskatchewan River Hockey League with an overtime loss and a shoot-out win to bring the team’s record to 3-1
The Stampeders played the St. Walburg Eagles last Friday and lost 6-5 in overtime and then hosted the Edam 3 Stars Saturday and won 4-3 in the shoot out.

“I thought we played good in both games,” said Stamps coach Ian Turberfield. “We haven’t had a full roster since the start of the season. We should be 4-0, not 3-0-1.”

Friday in St. Walburg, Meadow Lake had a 5-3 lead with seven minutes remaining in the game, when the host team rallied back to tie the game at the end of regulation. The Eagles scored early in the five-minute sudden death overtime period to notch the victory.

“Once the gate opens, it is sometimes hard to shut,” said Turberfield.

Despite being assessed almost double the number of penalty minutes, Turberfield felt the team’s penalty kill was effective.

“We know who their players are who can score and we shut them down,” he said.

Saturday back at home, veteran Rick Dallyn was between the pipes for the second night in a row for the Stampeders.

The first period was sluggish with few good scoring chances. The Stamps were unable to capitalize on an Edam hooking penalty assessed at the 5:56 mark of the opening frame.

With 8:50 showing on the clock, Stamps defenceman Steven Spencer fed Dustin Gorst who lit the lamp to give the hometown team the lead. At the end of 20 minutes it was 1-0 Meadow Lake.

Both teams had more jump to their step in the middle frame. Stamps Calvin Fiddler had an excellent scoring opportunity less than five minutes in but Edam’s net minder Quinton Gauthier’s quick glove hand denied him.

The Stamps came close on their next powerplay opportunity when Edam’s ONeil Baillargeon was called for hooking. With the face off in the offensive end, the Stamps first two shots with the man advantage rung off the goal post. Edam killed the penalty, making Meadow Lake 0-2 on the powerplay.

With 6:22 remaining in the period, Spencer and Gorst set up Ashton McIntyre who beat Gauthier for a 2-0 Stamps lead.

About three minutes later, following a hit to the head of an Edam player, a fight ensued between Meadow Lake’s Calvin Fiddler and Edam’s Chris Blaquiere. When the dust had settled both players were gone from the game with Blaquiere’s instigator penalty giving the Stamps their third powerplay advantage of the game.

It took only 11 seconds for the Stamps to capitalize with Darren Caron notching the goal, assisted by McIntyre and Cole Fern. After 40 minutes Meadow Lake held a 3-0 lead.

Stamps’ netminder Rick Dallyn handled the puck extensively throughout the evening, which saw the game go into sudden-death overtime and eventually a shootout.

“Tonight felt like last night,” admitted Turberfield. The 3 Stars began chipping away at the Stamps’ lead when a review of a goal was made after play was whistled, and it was deemed the puck had indeed beaten Dallyn. Technically a powerplay goal, Edam once again would work the speciality teams when Meadow Lake was assessed a five-minute butt-ending penalty.

“The officiating in the third was terrible,” said Turberfield. “That was a nothing call and it almost cost us the game.”

The 3-Stars scored two goals within approximately one and one-half minutes to tie the game at three.

A short break and the teams hit the ice for a five minute sudden death period, with four skaters aside. Despite some good opportunities the netminders stood tall and it was off to a shoot-out.

Dallyn stopped Edam’s first shooter Joel Budd. Shooting first for the Stamps was McIntyre, who Gauthier stonewalled. Edam’s Dustin Harty shot high on his attempt. Back at the other end, the Stamps only inport player, Fern skated in and beat Gauthier to make it a 4-3 Stamps lead. With one more shot left, Dallyn once again stood tall resulting in the hometown win.

“We had an undisciplined third,” said Turberfield. “They/he knows who they are. We didn’t deserve to lose tonight. This win helps us get over the hurdle. Ashton McIntyre is blossoming and some of our young guys like Chris Nault are making the best of their chances to play.”

Turberfield is pleased with where the team is sitting indicating that last year they were winless at this point in the season.

“It feels pretty good,” he said. “We’ve learned a lot from last year.”


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