John Anderson | Stampeders.com Staff
CALGARY -- Stampeders receiver Maurice Price seems to embrace playing in the cold.
His first spectacular long-distance catch of the season came in Week 17 — that’s when the Stamps squared off against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in blizzard-like conditions.
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Price ended up using the snow to his advantage, catching a pass from Kevin Glenn, and taking it all the way — 53 yards — for his first CFL touchdown.
Price is now a natural in cold-weather games.
In the two contests Price following his outing against the Ticats, he repeated his big act in chilly temperatures with a touchdown of 50-plus yards in each game.
The conditions may be similarly wintry for Sunday’s Western Semi-Final as the Stamps face the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a 4:30 pm ET kickoff at McMahon Stadium.
Price’s most recent playoff contest was the final game of his high-school career, one he remembers well.
“I had six catches for 100 yards and a 60-yard touchdown,” he recalls. “There were scouts everywhere. It was up in Jacksonville and it was kind of cold that night — for a Florida night.”
Fast-forward to this week, and Price is simply excited for the playoffs.
“I’m just anxious to get back to playing post-season football,” says Price. “We lost 28-16, so I’ve got some playoff redemption on my mind.
As Price and the Stampeders get set to face Saskatchewan, he has looked to veterans for guidance.
“I’m sure as the week goes on I’ll talk to Nik (Lewis) and Romby (Bryant), pick their brain a little bit,” he says.
Though injuries limited him to six games during the regular season, Price showed the ability to contribute when he is in the lineup.
“I definitely feel good,” he says. “I’m kind of coming along, becoming more and more a part of the offence. I’m just in my own focus staying in tune to what I have to do personally. It’s carried on and hopefully it keeps carrying on.”