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Atom A Stampeders host home tournament

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Jakki Lumax
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The Swan River Centennial Arena played host to the Atkinson Sports Excellence/Pizza Place Atom hockey tournament over the weekend (Nov 24-26). Teams from Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas, Hudson Bay, Dauphin, and the local Swan Valley Stampeders took part. Each team played a three game round-robin followed by an A, B, and C-side Final on Sunday.
The three final games all turned out to be exciting contests.
In the C-side final, the Hudson Bay Hunters defeated The Pas Huskies by a score of 5-3. The B-side final saw the Dauphin Kings defeat the Flin Flon Bombers by a score 5-4. The A-side final pitted the only two undefeated teams against one another; the host Stampeders versus the Thompson King Miners.
“The first period was a close checking affair,” said Head Coach Blaine Campbell.
Thompson scored the only goal of the opening period to give the young Miners a 1-0 lead.
In the second period, the King Miners carried the play and scored three times to take a 4-0 lead going into the third period.
“In that final period, the host Stampeders outplayed Thompson for much of the period,” said Campbell.
While Thompson added one more in the third, the Stampeders finally notched one of their own on a goal from Tyrell Leaske assisted by Alex Campbell. In the end, Thompson walked away with the championship with a 5-1 victory.
The final game of the round-robin Saturday (Nov. 25) pitted the Stampeders against The Pas Huskies. With a win, the Stampeders guaranteed themselves a spot in the A-side final.
“Spurred on by the chance at a shot to win their home tournament, the Stampeders came out firing,” said Campbell.
Tucker Thompson got the offensive ball rolling early in the first with assists from Grace Kirk and Matt Zamzow. Additional goals in the period were scored by Maddix Eisner, Kai Gorchynski, Thompson, and Leaske to end the first leading 5-0.
The Stampeders kept the pressure in the second with goals off of the sticks of Tavyn Boychuk for two, Gorchynski, and Thompson.
A tighter checking third period saw no scoring and a final score of 9-0.
“A strong defensive effort aided a second consecutive shutout by Owen Martyniuk,” said Campbell.
Game two for the Stampeders was Saturday morning versus the Hudson Bay Hunters.
“The game was punctuated by a shutout from Martyniuk,” said Campbell. “Owen didn't face a lot of shots but made a few key saves at the end of the third period to preserve the shutout.”
Boychuk got the Stampeders on the board with two quick goals in the first period, including one laser shot into the top corner.
In the second period, Gorchynski got his first of the tournament with a slick pass from Kirk. Trace Langan rounded out the scoring in the second period from Leaske to make the lead 4-0.
It was more of the same in the third as the Stampeders poured on the offence as Thompson recorded a natural hat trick. Other goals in the period came from Gorchynski, Leaske, Payton Thompson, and Leask. The final score was 11-0 for the Stampeders.
They played their first game on Friday afternoon against the Flin Flon Bombers. It was a slow start for both teams but the Stamps led 2-0 after two periods on goals by Tucker Thompson and Langan.
The Stampeders pulled further ahead in the second period on goals by Damien Leask and Eisner.
In the third period, the Stampeders poured the pressure on and scored four more goals off the sticks of Boychuk, Damien Leask, Campbell, and Leaske.
One goal for Flin Flon in each of the second and third periods left the final score at 8-2 for the Stampeders.
“For their first real taste of game action on the season, the host Stampeders played extremely well,” concluded Campbell. “Each game they improved their positional play, passing and became closer as a group.”
Coming up, the Stampeders will travel to Morden to compete in a tournament on Dec. 8-10.

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Jakki Lumax
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