Stamps rebound to win two straight

By Rhonda Cooper

The Meadow Lake Sr. Stampeders have sole possession of second place in the North Saskatchewan River Hockey League thanks to a home-ice victory on Dec. 23 against Spiritwood and a previous road-win Dec. 21 in Edam.

Against Edam, Meadow Lake had only 12 skaters, but still managed to win their seventh game of the season.

“Teams sometimes need that bump in the road,” said coach Ian Turberfield referencing the team’s previous 5-0 loss to St. Walburg on Dec. 17. “A good team, and I believe we are a good team, will rebound from a bad situation and that is what the guys did. It says a lot about the characteristics of the team.”

The Stamps got off to a slow start as Edam netted two goals in the second half of the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
At the 9:13 mark of the second, the Stamps’ Ed Berry cut the lead in half when he beat Quinton Gauthier to make it 2-1. Josh Luster and Tedi Hood assisted on the goal. 

“Ed Berry had a good game and Josh Luster is a young guy who is going to be very good,” said Turberfield. “He can be somewhat timid but with a shortened bench and simplifying the game, he did a really good job. I think he was our best defenseman.”

Edam regained their two-goal lead when Brody Roach beat Stamps netminder Rick Dallyn. With 3:01 on the clock, Hood and Dustin Gorst set up Cole Fern who lit the lamp to cut Edam’s lead to 3-2 after 40 minutes of play. 

The Stamps came out strong in the third period, scoring three unanswered goals to record a 5-3 victory. At the 3:51 mark Steven Spencer and Fern set up Jordan Oystrick to knot the score at 3-3. Approximately one minute later, Hood got what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

“I think Tedi Hood had his best game last night,” said Turberfield. Hood collected three points with a goal and a pair of assists.

Fern picked up his third point of the night when he assisted on Calvin Fiddler’s goal at the 11:54 mark to make the final score 5-3.

Two nights later, on Dec. 23, the Stamps hosted the last-place Spiritwood Timberwolves at the Meadow Lake Arena.

After a slow start, Meadow Lake finished out with a 5-1 win.

First period action saw the two teams struggled to get good quality scoring chances until finally Darren Caron found the back of the net for Meadow Lake for a 1-0 lead. The only goal of the second period came from the stick of Calvin Fiddler to make it 2-0 Stamps.

Spiritwood made it interesting early in the third period when the visitors potted their only goal of the game at the 18:06 mark. Meadow Lake then pulled away with Caron scoring his second of the game with Dustin Gorst and Mitch Paramchuk adding singles.

Stamps netminder Rick Dallyn picked up an assist in the final period when he sent a long pass to one of his forwards, catching Spiritwood on a bad line change that resulted in a goal.

Pleased with the team’s most recent effort, coach Turberfield is happy with where the Stamps are sitting in the league.

“We seem to struggle a bit against the top team in the league (St. Walburg) but I still believe we can beat them,” he said. “We should be in the top three and we are. We were patient last night (Dec. 21) and if we can remain patient we will be all right.”

As of Dec. 29 the Stamps have eight wins, two losses and one overtime loss in their 11 games played for 17 points. Maidstone is two points back at seven wins three losses and one overtime loss for 15 points. St. Walburg leads all teams with 13 wins and no losses for 26 points.

Cole Fern leads the Meadow Lake squad in scoring with nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points (fourth best in the league) while Calvin Fiddler and Darren Caron on next with 18 and 17 points respectively.

The Stamps made a return trip to Spiritwood on Friday, Dec. 30, but the score was unavailable at press time.

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