The Waywayseecappo Wolverines surrendered four goals in the third period on their way to a 5-0 game one loss against the Swan Valley Stampeders in the opening round of the MJHL Playoffs.
It was an ultra-competitive and hard-fought first period in Swan River.
The Wolverines would get an early 5-on-3 powerplay, but just couldn’t quite get much going. Both clubs would skate into the first intermission scoreless with the shot clocked tied at 9-9.
After another unsuccessful powerplay, the Stampeders would open the scoring. Tommy Cardinal pounced on a rebound in front of the Wolverines net and made it 1-0 at 7:18 of the second.
The Wolverines would get two more chances on the powerplay just after the midway mark of the frame, but credit Swan Valley for doing a great job of winning puck battles and not allowing the Wolverines to set up.
Swan Valley was shot out of a cannon in the third period and made the most of their opportunities.
Just nine seconds in, Swan Valley drove hard to the Wolverines net where Trevor Schroder jammed in the puck at the side of the net, giving the Stampeders a 2-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Nathan Carl would shoot through a screen and beat Liam Tereposky upstairs to give the Stamps’ a three-goal lead.
Just over four minutes after Carl scored, Ryley Lanthier would add one more for the Stamps’ to extend their lead to four.
On a late powerplay, Trevor Schroder would score his second of the evening, giving the Stampeders a 5-0 lead.
That would be all from Swan River on Friday night as the Stamps’ would hold on for the 5-0 win to give the Stamps’ a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven quarter-final series.
Both teams will have a couple of days off from game action before they return to Waywayseecappo on Monday night for game two at 7:30.