Meadow Lake Stampeders dispose of Spiritwood

by Rhonda Cooper

It’s on to the semi-finals for the Meadow Lake Stampeders who defeated the Spiritwood Timberwolves in three straight games in the best-of-five quarter final action in the North Saskatchewan River Hockey League.

The third game, held Feb. 17 in Meadow Lake, was a lop-sided affair with the hometown Stamps scoring at the 4:08 mark of the first period. Dustin Gorst notched his first of three on the evening. The Stamps then netted three more to lead 4-0 at the end of 20 minutes.

Gorst completed his hat trick in the second period extending Meadow Lake’s lead to 5-0 at the end of the second. Ashton McIntyre assisted on third period markers by Jordan Keller and Tedi Hood to complete the 7-0 shut out of Spiritwood.

Cole Fern and Darren Caron rounded out the scoring brigade for Meadow Lake. The Stamps outshot Spiritwood 49 to 24.

Dustin Gorst (15) fires a shot past the sprawling Spiritwood netminder Saturday night on home ice giving Meadow Lake a 3-0 lead with 46 seconds left in the first period. Meadow Lake’s Cole Fern would score 35 seconds later, extending the lead to 4-0 en route to a 7-0 win.

“We played well,” said Stamps coach Ian Turberfield. “It was good for Jeff (Vidal) to get the shutout.”

Vidal got the call, giving starter Rick Dallyn a rest after taking a hit in game two in Spiritwood. Dallyn will return in net for the next series against the Wilkie Outlaws.

Looking ahead to round two, Turberfield noted the Stamps have to be more prepared.

“We will have to approach it in a much different fashion,” he said. “I have no doubt they are going to come at us hard and we have to be ready for that. We will have to be disciplined and I can’t stress that enough to our guys.”

According to Turberfield, Wilkie has the best speciality teams in the league and with a strong core of a dozen players who have played together for a number of years, they are also a smart hockey team.

He said line matching will be part of the Stamps game plan when they meet Wilkie in the first game of the semis this week.

Throughout the regular season, these two teams met twice with Meadow Lake recording 5-2 and 6-5 wins.

First round play in the NSRHL playoffs is now complete and there were no surprises.

St. Walburg defeated Paradise Hill in three with scores of 5-2, 6-4 and 13-1. Maidstone also downed their opposition in three straight. They got past Turtleford by margins of 6-3, 5-2 and 9-5.

The battle between fourth-place Wilkie and fifth-place Edam was the only series to require a fourth game. Edam upset Wilkie 4-0 in game one, but Wilkie came back to take the next two, 5-0 and 5-2. The fourth game required an extra period before Wilkie scored a 3-2 victory.

The stage is now set for Meadow Lake vs Wilkie and St. Walburg vs Maidstone.

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