Fo­cus on wins for Stal­lard

Af­ter a six-point out­ing in Medicine Hat, it’s still busi­ness as usual for Jordy Stal­lard

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - SPORTS - JA­SON KERR

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.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF PRINCE AL­BERT RAIDERS

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.

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