Stampeders lead playoff series

by Phil Ambroziak

The Meadow Lake Stampeders continue to charge toward victory.

The Stamps downed the Spiritwood Timberwolves 11-4 in the first game of their opening round North Saskatchewan River Hockey League (NSRHL) playoff series. It was a big night for rookie Ashton McIntyre who recorded one goal and six assists for a seven-point night.

The game, held Feb. 11 in Meadow Lake, saw the Stamps open up the scoring with a goal by Dustin Gorst.

Spiritwood answered back just over a minute later when Quinten Tipewan put one past Stamps goalie Rick Dallyn. The score wouldn’t remain tied for long, however, as the Stamps answered back with goals from Eric Calibaba and Jordon Keller. These goals came less than a minute apart, resulting in a 3-1 score after one.

The action picked up immediately in the second period with another goal by Dustin Gorst less than a minute into play. This was followed 18 seconds later by a Stamps goal courtesy of McIntyre. The remainder of the period was back and forth and featured several penalties and a lot of penalty killing by both teams until Calibaba netted another one for the home team. This was followed by yet another Stamps goal by Darren Caron.

The Timberwolves came into the third period baring teeth, with goals by Ryan Corrigal and Lanny Fisher. This attempt at a comeback would be short-lived thanks to two Stamps goals by Fiddler.

With 2:01 remaining in the game, the Timberwolves would score again via the efforts of Tipewan. Seconds later, back-to-back goals by Stamps veteran Jace Andersen cemented the 11-4 final.

“I think the team played all right, but the third period was a bit of a question mark,” stated Stamps coach Ian Turberfield. “Sometimes its hard to get up for these games, but we have to continue to get a headstart against these guys because if they were to ever get up on us, it could be a different story.”

Timberwolves coach Rick Knot said his team would need to play a solid 60 minutes of hockey if they want to overcome the Stamps as the series progresses.

“This is a five-game series and one game is just one game,” he said. “This is like the start of a whole new season for us.”

In spite of Knot’s optimism, the Stamps were victorious against the Timberwolves in Game 2, held Feb. 12 in Spiritwood by a score of 3-2. The Stamps are in control of the series 2-0 with Game 3 scheduled for this Friday evening in Meadow Lake.

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