The Oswego Stampede regained second place in the NA3HL Northeast division this weekend taking two at home from the Niagara Powerhawks. Dylan Candleana lead the way with four goals and two assists including his first career “Hat Trick” in Saturday nights contest. Elijah Morris 3 G – 6 A +7, Mark Mannarn 3 G – 5 A +6, Ryan Gunther 3G – 1A +4. In Friday’s contest Stampede’s Goaltender Cherokee Fox posted his first career junior win stopping 26 of 29 shots and on Saturday evening Ben White moved to 4-5 on the season stopping 27 of 31 shots in the contest.
Game one recap:
Niagara Falls 3 @ Oswego 9 – Seven skaters put up multi-point efforts and Cherokee Fox stopped 26 pucks for Oswego as the Stampede dropped the Powerhawks 9-3. Ryan Gunther (2), Elijah Morris (2), Dimitri Christou, Mark Mannarn, Tanner Coleman, Dylan Candleana and Danny Mikol provided the offense, countering Miguel Mercado, Adam Morgan and Cam Orzechowski, who each found twine for Niagara Falls. Josh Mitchell stopped 50 shots in the Powerhawks’ crease.
Game two recap:
Niagara Falls 4 @ Oswego 9 – Dylan Candleana potted a hat-trick and Ben White stopped 27 shots as the Stampede knocked off the Powerhawks 9-4 at home. Mark Mannarn (2), Ryan Gunther, Danny Mikol, Wade Moak and Elijah Morris found twine as well for Oswego, countering Raymond Conroy’s two and Devin Johnson’s one goal(s) for Niagara Falls. Noah Spiesz and Josh Mitchell combined for 44 saves in the Powerhawks’ cage.
The Stampede move to a record of 9-11-1-1 on the season and currently retain sole possession of second place in the Northeast division heading into the final weekend before the “NA3HL Blaine Showcase” in Minnesota. The team will head to Niagara Falls next weekend to face the same Powerhawks both on Saturday and Sunday.
“We re-gained second place and we were good on Friday evening but Saturday’s effort was not by our game plan. I think some of the guy’s in the room are worried about personal agendas at times which defeats our concepts and systems. Coach Hyde and I were not too happy with the play in game two with some of the team but we will get them re-focused this week for sure.” Stated Stampede Head Coach Mike Beavis. Coach Beavis also added that even though it is a team sport, individuals move on but they do so with consistency, work ethic and the ability to execute and maintain team systems. Hopefully the squad gets back on track and sets the tone for the showcase in two weeks as they have the ability to be successful this season from what we have seen in the first half.
The Stamp will get back to work this week in preparation for the final weekend before the showcase and will travel to Niagara Falls next weekend. Game time Saturday will be 6:00 PM at “Hyde Park” and Sunday’s puck drop will be at 2:00 PM. You can catch all the action live on hockeytv.com