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Coming off a big Friday night 6 to 3 win over Neepawa in Neepawa that saw Brendan Bartlett (2g/1a), Dale Goodbrandson (1g/2a) and Dexter Kuczek (3a) chalk up three points the Blues welcomed the Swan Valley Stampeders to the MTS Iceplex on a snowy Saturday evening.
While the Stamps arrived via bus it was the Blues that showed signs of bus legs in the first where they found themselves down 1 -0 on a nice back door goal by Neepawa’s Jaden Townsend five minutes in.
The Blues roared back just over a minute in when Brendan Bartlett (Olstad & Ladyman) launched a seeing eye shot that found twine. Just over a minute later Bartlett got his second with help from Ladyman and Wiltshire). The 2 to 1 lead carried forward until Dexter Kuczek (Bartlett & Olstad) scored on a power play to extend the lead to 3 to 1.
Dexter Kuczek continued his hot streak taking a Riley Cusack pass and going in alone to beat the beleaguered Natives netminder on a breakaway. Not done yet, Kuczek ripped home a wrist shot for the Blues 5th goal, help coming from Leblanc and Cassie that prompted a goalie change.
Newly acquire Kyle Wiltshire welcomed the new goalie with a top shelf wrister on the power play assists going to Ladyman and Cassie. Several minutes later Dale Goodbrandson finished off the scoring on a nice wraparound, Cudmore and Kuczek assisting to lock things up at 7 to 1.
Jeremy Link racked up his second win in as many nights stoping 28 of 29. He also went 39 of 42 the previous night in Neepawa.