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Victory on Home Ice


After dropping game one by a 4-1 loss on home ice (March 20), the Swan Valley Bantam A Stampeders rebounded, winning two straight to claim the Parkissimo League Championship title on March 22 over a dejected Dauphin Kings squad.
With three games in three nights needed to determine a winner, the Stamps marched down to Dauphin last Wednesday night (March 21) and forced a deciding game three with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win.
Tyler Van Kleek scored the only goal of the game in the extra time, bringing the 2003 and 2004 born kids a spark they would use to capture the banner last Thursday night at the Centennial Arena. Logan Frank was outstanding in earning the shut-out in the contest.
Back at home for game three, things would not start well for the Stampeders as Parker Boguski would give the Kings the early 1-0 lead on their first shot on net, beating Frank.
That would turn out to be the only puck that would beat Frank in the two games he played in the series.
Van Kleek would even the score at 1-1 roughly six minutes later with assists going to Grayson Gorchynski and Leo Chartrand.
The score would stay tied until Gorchynski would score what would prove to be the game winning tally. Van Kleek and Steven Arp would draw the assists on the goal and the Stamps headed to the second intermission with the 2-1 lead.
Smelling victory, Gorchynski would strike again this time on a great rush up the ice, beating the defenceman on a one on one before roofing a shot past Kings’ netminder Ben Talbot. Assists went to Chartrand and Joel Campbell.
That goal, though it came with over 17 minutes left in regulation would prove to be all the insurance the Stamps would need as they held off the Kings attack the rest of the way.
According to head coach Mark Munro, he never doubted his team could come away with the championship win.
“With determination and the desire to work as hard as you can every shift, our players overcame the odds and perservered,” he said. “All season – with 16 consecutive, regular season wins, six playoff wins and just the one loss – this team proved they could compete.”
While Munro said it was a pleasure to be involved with the group of kids, he admitted even he learned a few new tricks.
“We have to acknowledge the team staff for all that they contributed as well,” he said. “It was an incredible season – Provincial A champs as well as Parkissimo League champions.”

Brian Gilroy