Meadow Lake Stampeders win first game of the season
by Phil Ambroziak
The appetites of hockey-starved fans were satiated Saturday night (Dec. 1) when the Meadow Lake Stampeders pulled out a victory in their first home game of the 2012-13 North Saskatchewan River Hockey League (NSRHL) season.
The 5-3 win against the Maidstone Jets came on the heels of another victory for the Stamps – this time a 7-3 win against the Paradise Hill Hawks – the night before. In spite of Meadow Lake’s win against Maidstone, however, coach Ian Turberfield believes the Stamps could have put forth a stronger effort during that game.
“I didn’t think we played a really great game, but that could have been a combination of things including having played against Paradise Hill the night before,” Turberfield said. “The third period wasn’t too bad.”
Maidstone led the game 2-1 at the first intermission, the score was tied 3-3 after the second period and Meadow Lake was able to net two more in the third to earn the hard-fought win. Scoring for the Stamps were Ryan Corrigal, who earned two goals during Saturday’s game, as well as Calvin Fiddler, Jorden Iron and Ashton McIntyre.
“At the end, we rebounded a little, then scored an empty-netter,” Turberfield continued. “We definitely need to play better hockey. Our good line was still our good line with Corrigal playing pretty good. It was that line that pulled through for us and basically won this hockey game. They got all our goals except for one.”
Maidstone general manager Maurice Thomarat was not as harsh on his team, stating how proud he was of the effort his players put forth.
“I was pretty happy with how the boys played,” he said. “We had a short bench (nine skaters), but held together pretty well. We had our chances, but we ran out of steam and Meadow Lake really put it together.”
The Stamps’ victory against Paradise Hill the previous night was a little more decisive. Meadow Lake led 6-0 after the first period. And, while Paradise Hill was able to score two goals in the second and one in the third, the Stamps answered with a goal in the third to cement the 7-3 final. Three of Meadow Lake’s goals were scored by Corrigal while Iron netted two. Individual goals were scored by McIntyre and DJ King.
In spite of the criticism he has for his team’s overall performance in Saturday’s game, Turberfield is confident there will be a vast improvement as the season progresses.
“We’re only going to get better,” he said. “We’re still doing pretty good for a rebuilding year. The faces are totally different, which makes a big difference. Now, with back-to-back road games, we will need to at least split the wins to help maintain our standings.”
Currently, the Stamps are ranked fourth in the seven-team league.
On Friday (Dec. 7), the Stamps will travel to Edam while on Saturday (Dec. 8), Meadow Lake faces the Turtleford Tigers.
“It’s going to be tough to win both,” Turberfield continued. “The teams are so evenly matched at this point. Any team could beat another in any game. This game (against Maidstone) wasn’t a great game to watch. We have to know how to jump on our opponents like we did in the beginning. When you lay back like we did tonight, it gives the other team a chance to make a comeback. If anything, this was a learning experience.”