Focus on wins for Stallard
After a six-point outing in Medicine Hat, it’s still business as usual for Jordy Stallard
On Saturday, Jordy Stallard did something no Prince Albert Raider has done in at least 20 years, but to hear him tell the story it’s just business as usual.
The Brandon, Man. product scored one goal and set up five others on route to a six-point night against the Medicine Hat Tigers. A search by Raider staff turned up not a single six-point night for any Prince Albert player since 1996-97, which is as far back as the online records go.
Despite the achievement, Stallard remains grounded and humble.
“To be honest, I wasn’t thinking too much on it,” he said on Tuesday. “I just wanted to keep playing hard and do everything I could to contribute.”
Stallard may not have been thinking about his point total, but his teammates were. He received some encouragement and good-natured ribbing for piling up the numbers during a 6-1 victory over the Tigers, but said the bigger focus was on bouncing back after a tough outing the night before.
“We didn’t have a good game in Lethbridge,” Stallard said. “We just went in (to Medicine Hat) with positive attitudes and it turned out well.”
Coach Marc Habscheid was also impressed with Stallard’s play, but for different reasons.
The Raider bench boss complimented Stallard for leading by example with his all-round play on Saturday. The six-point night was simply a bonus.
“He just told the group in his own way that we’re going to win this game and I’ll show the way,” Habscheid explained.
“He did that and those six points were a by-product .... I think more than anything he wanted to be a difference maker and not just fit in.”
Stallard wasn’t the only one who piled up the points against the Tigers. Linemates Parker Kelly and Cole Fonstad both ended the game with three points apiece, with Fonstad’s goal standing up as the winner.
The line first came together during the second game of the season in Moose Jaw, and since then has had a reliable presence on the score sheet. Stallard said his two linemates are easy to play with, and that’s helped their success.
“We just connect on and off the ice,” he said “We all bring something different to the line and I think that’s effective.”
Prince Albert Raiders forward Jordy Stallard (pictured) became the first Raider in more than 20 years to have a six-point night. It’s an achievement he’s taking with a calm and grounded approach.