Stampeders defeat Hawks 6-5

by Phil Ambroziak

The Meadow Lake Stampeders would not allow a short bench and a tiring roster to get in the way of victory when the team travelled to Paradise Hill Dec. 12 to challenge the hometown Hawks where they defeated their opponents 6-5.

“We started off strong and were up 4-1 after the first period, but it was more of a back-and-forth game come the second,” said Stamps coach Ian Turberfield. “At the end of the day, we didn’t have a lot of bodies and some of the guys were starting to tire a bit. As the game wound down, things became a lot more interesting. They started to score and things started to get closer – you could just feel it.”

It wasn’t enough of a comeback, however, as Meadow Lake still picked up the win to increase their overall record to 5-1 and to retain their spot on top of the North Saskatchewan River Hockey League (NSRHL) rankings. Scoring for Meadow Lake in Friday’s outing were Ashton McIntyre with a pair, as well as Jarret Aschenbrenner, Chad Crookedneck, Calvin Fiddler and Stephen Norman each with single markers.

“It was a good game,” Turberfield continued. “We played hard and I’m happy with the win. It’s nice to see a team with somewhat of a compete level because you don’t always want to have these blow-outs all the time. Paradise Hill is a team where, if you don’t come prepared to play, they can definitely beat you.”

This Friday (Dec. 19), the Stamps are in St. Walburg to take on the Eagles in a game Turberfield described as a battle for first place. The following night, the team is back at the Meadow Lake and District Arena to face the Maidstone Jets. The Stamps will also host their annual Christmas Cabaret that night.

“Saturday will be fun, but Friday is going to be a tough game because we’re likely to have guys missing again,” Turberfield said. “But, we’re planning to win with the core we have.”

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