The Ponoka Stampeders kept themselves out of the north division basement by winning their lone game last week.
The Stamps came out strong early on and got a good performance in goal from Robert Michetti, who stopped 45 shots, to get a 7-4 win on the road in Okotoks over the Bisons Nov. 18.
Ponoka built up a 4-0 lead after two periods, with Taite Opdendries opening the scoring midway through the first, followed two minutes later by a powerplay goal from Toran Corbier. In the second, Corbier got his second of the night just four minutes in with Jordan Sears adding one five minutes later.
The third period was a goaltender’s nightmare as the teams combined for seven goals, with the Stamps getting a pair from Nate Higgins and an empty netter courtesy of Dakota Sullivan to stay on top of the hometown Bisons.
The other big story of the contest was the parade to the penalty box both teams made all night long.
Ponoka was tabbed with 76 minutes in penalties on the night, which include a pair of fighting majors and game misconducts as well as a misconduct for a check to the head and checking from behind game misconduct. Meanwhile, Okotoks got hit with 67 minutes in penalties.
With the win, the Stampeders improved their record to five wins, 12 losses and two overtime losses. That leaves them with 12 points, just one up on Three Hills in the north division and two points ahead of both Banff and Medicine Hat in the South division.
Hoof prints: The Stamps are back in action with a home set this week against the Mountainview Colts, who are presently second in the north division. The two clubs will first face-off in Ponoka tonight (Nov. 23) with puck drop slated for 7:45 p.m. at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex. And again two nights later (Nov. 25) with the rematch in Didsbury.