Midget Stamps upset Unity

By Terry Villeneuve

Hockey provincials are now underway and the Meadow Lake Midget AA Stampeders have pulled off the first upset as they recorded a 6-5, two-game, total-point series win against Unity.

The Stamps, who are ranked seventh in the Centre Four Hockey League, was tasked on taking on the number two team, Unity, in the first round of provincials.
Friday’s contest in Meadow Lake ended in a 3-3 draw while the second and deciding game was held Sunday in Unity where the Stamps held on for a 3-2 victory.

Friday’s contest was a come-from-behind win that saw Unity drew first blood less than a minute into the game, but near the 10-minute mark Meadow Lake’s Roper Jones converted after Tegan Lodoen won the faceoff cleanly. Unity took the lead once again about three minutes later and then the teams headed off to the first intermission at 2-1 in Unity’s favour.

Tegan Lodoen makes a move that resulted in a shorthanded scoring opportunity for the Midget Stampeders lated in the first period in Friday's provincial contest against Unity. Meadow Lake won the opening series by a 6-5 total-goal count.

The only goal of the second period came off the stick of Jones again for this second of the game. In the final frame, both teams’ netminders came up big, but Unity broke the tie with five minutes remaining. However, the Meadow Lake squad responded with 3:14 left on the clock when Jordan Henri knotted the score at 3-3.

Over in Unity on Sunday, Tegan Lodoen scored twice for Meadow Lake and then Bryce Neufeld notched, which turned out to be the winner, with five minutes remaining in the second period. A scoreless third period meant Meadow Lake would advance to the next round of provincials.

Close games
The Meadow Lake Midget Colts scored a 4-2 win Friday against Edam in STEP league play, but then couldn’t corral the Spiritwood Timberwolves Saturday as they fell 8-7.

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