Stampeders win preseason round two

In a back and forth affair on Thursday night, the Swan Valley Stampeders picked up their second preseason victory with a 5-4 win over Dauphin.

Brad Fortin and Keefe Gruener scored a goal each in the first 2:44 of the game as Swan Valley took a 2-0 lead early.

Dauphin bounced back nicely late in the second as Carter Zalischuk scored his first goal at the 14:23 mark. Then just 38 seconds later, 20-year-old Kaden Bryant tied the game up.

But just as Dauphin responded, the Stampeders took over for the final four minutes of the period. Darius Makse scored his first of the preseason at 15:58 and less than two minutes later, Steven Arp of Swan River gave his hometown team a 4-2 lead, one they held heading into the second.

Braedon Lacomy scored a second-period goal for Dauphin to bring the Kings within one but Brad Fortin restored the Stampeders two-goal lead late in the second as Swan took a 5-3 lead into the third.

Owen Wareham would bring Dauphin within a goal as he scored his first of the preseason just 27 seconds into the third, but it proved to be not enough as the Stampeders shut the door the rest of the way to earn a 5-4 win.

Early in the game, Hayden Lacquette of Dauphin dropped the gloves with Jamie Valentino of Swan River.

Dauphin (1-1) will finish their preseason on Saturday night with a game against Waywayseecappo.