Atom A Stamps Runner-Up in Dauphin

Submitted by:
Craig Zamzow |

On Dec 9-11, 2016 the Atom A Stampeders attended the Dauphin Atom tournament.

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Pictured above:
Back Row: Comrie Quill, Eli Betcher, Brady Burghart, Jackson Badowski, Andrew Pidskalny, Maddix Eisner, Crystal Zamzow, Samantha Jo Moshenko
Front Row: Tucker Thompson, Christian Hart, Owen Martyniuk, Grace Kirk, Tavyn Boychuk Missing: Kai Gorchynski

On Friday they faced The Pas Huskies. The Stamps came out flying and took a 4-0 lead eleven minutes into the game on goals by Andrew Pidskalny, Eli Betcher (Jackson Badowski), Brady Burghart (Sammy Jo Moshenko), and Maddix Eisner (Crystal Zamzow). The Huskies got one back before the end of 1st. The second period saw the Stamps tack on two more from Tavyn Boychuk (Burghart/Badowski) and Moshenko (Betcher) to take a 6-1 lead after two periods. The Stamps played a tight checking style in the third but 13 minutes in the Huskies scored twice in 30 seconds to cut the lead to 6-3. They pulled their goalie to score again with 90 seconds remaining. Burghart (Comrie Quill) added an empty netter for a 7-4 final.

The Stamps had a 90 minute break before facing the fresh Flin Flon Bombers. Already short handed without centre Kai Gorchynski for the weekend, the club learned Maddix Eisner was unable to answer the bell leaving the Stamps with 7 forwards. Five minutes in, Betcher (Burghart) opened the scoring, with the Bombers tying the score with five minutes remaining in period one. The second period was all Bombers as they would find the twine 4 times for a 5-1 2nd intermission lead. The third saw the Bombers add three more while the Stamps added a couple of their own from Badowski and Burghart (Quill) for an 8-3 final.

The Stamps finished second in their pool and faced the Grand Plains Hawks (3rd place in other pool) on Saturday afternoon. The Stamps dominated the game from the outset to post a 10-0 win and a shutout for Owen Martyniuk. Goal scorers included Burghart (3), Tucker Thompson (2), Moshenko (2), Betcher, Quill, and Christian Hart.

The Stamps had 60 minutes to change, go across the street to CU Place, and get dressed to face the 1st place Russell Rams. Badowski opened the score 7 minutes in, but the Rams answered twice before the first intermission. The second period saw some solid two-way defensive play from both clubs with the only goal scored with 3 minutes left by the Rams to take a 3-1 lead into the 2nd intermission.

With 14 minutes remaining Hart battled for space in front of the net to jam home a pass from Badowski to cut the lead in half. With just over 8 minutes remaining Burghart put on a stickhandling display before tying the game at 3. The very next shift Betcher gave the Stamps their first lead. The Rams were unbeaten on the season and not about to go away easily. A minute later a heavy slap shot found the back of the net to tie the game 4-4. With 4 minutes left Badowski (from Grace Kirk) made a rush and scored a beauty to give the Stamps another lead. The club tightened up and Martyniuk turned aside a couple quality chances. Burghart, Betcher, and Moshenko didn’t let the Rams cross the red line in the last 45 seconds to seal the game.

On Sunday, the Stampeders would face The Pas Huskies in the “A” final in a rematch of their tourney opening victory. The Stamps spent six minutes of the first frame successfully killing penalties. With four minutes left in the 1st, Burghart (Boychuk/Badowski) opened the scoring. The score held until the 6-minute mark of the second when Moshenko set up in her office in the crease and jammed home a pass from Burghart from behind the net. Off the ensuing face off Burghart deked out two dmen and went backhand shelf to push the lead to 3-0. However, the Huskies would turn up the intensity in the Stamps crease and answer with 3 goals in 75 seconds before the end of the second period.

In the opening minute of the third the Huskies converted on one of their 6 power plays to take the lead 4-3 with 19 minutes remaining.

The Stamps battled hard and pulled the goaltender with a minute left leading to one unconverted mini-breakaway, but ran out of time for a 4-3 final.

The club had four competitive games to help their development. Settling for 2nd will have them hungry for a title when the club attends the Jason Morran Memorial tourney in Flin Flon in early January.