The Blues’ five-game winning streak came to an end tonight as they fell 7-1 to the Swan Valley Stampeders.
The Blues didn’t get off to the hottest of starts tonight. The Stampeders opened with a bang as Brad Goethals found the back of the net on an unassisted shot just 24 seconds into the game. Shortly after, the Blues’ Devin Bulloch blocked a shot and needed to be helped off the ice by a pair of teammates. Bulloch would return later in the game.
Despite going scoreless in the first, the Blues had some pep in their step. They dominated in shots on goal 9-5 in the opening period.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
By the end of the game, the shots on goal flip-flopped to 43-21 in Swan Valley’s favour.
Swan Valley has had a strong season thus far, sitting second in the league in goals for with 59 and with an 8-2-1 record after tonight’s game.
The boys were down 4-1 after two periods of play. The Blues’ lone goal in the period came from Griffin Chwaliboga and was assisted by Ty Naaykens and Braeden Binda.
The second period ended in a line brawl with the Blues’ Kelton Sutherland and the Stampeders’ Brian Harris each earning game misconducts.
The momentum continued to roll in Swan Valley’s favour through the third period as they put up another three goals.
The Blues will have a chance at redemption as they head to Swan Valley for back-to-back games on Oct. 26 and 27.
Before then, the Blues will be looking to bounce back during their game tomorrow night in Winkler. Puck drop for that matchup is at 7:30 p.m. The Blues’ next home game on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. against Selkirk.