Stampede Get Big Road Win At Sioux City
Two Third Period Goals Lead Herd To 3-1 Win
Sioux City, IA—Justin Wells first goal of the season early in the third period proved to be the game winner as the Sioux Falls Stampede earned a huge 3-1 road win over the Sioux City Musketeers at the Tyson Events Center Saturday night. Jason O’Neill and Paul DeNaples also scored in the game while Jeremy Swayman stopped 26 of 27 shots to earn the win in goal. The win improved the Stampede’s record to 10-12-2 and gives them three of a possible four points so far this weekend. The Herd wrap up the weekend with a home game against Waterloo at 4:05 PM on Sunday. It marks just their third road win of the season and first since October 28th in Muskegon.
After a tough loss the night before the Herd were looking to get back in Sioux City and knew a strong first period would be key. Looking strong early on the Herd grabbed the first goal of the game 7:33 into the period when Jason O’Neill tallied his 11th goal of the season. Austin Albrecht took the puck in the slot and sent a perfect pass in front of the net to O’Neill who knocked it past Sioux City goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to give the Herd a 1-0 lead. Sioux City would respond just over seven minutes later to tie the game when Connor McMenamin tallied his fourth of the year to make it a 1-1 game. Marcel Godbout pounced on a fumbled puck by the Stampede at the blue line and went the other way for a 2-on-1 with McMenamin sending a perfect pass to the edge of the left circle where he quickly tapped the puck past an outstretched Jeremy Swayman. Sioux City outshot the Herd 12-8 in the period and the game remained tied heading into the second period.
Neither team would find the back of the net in the second with Sioux City outshooting the Herd 11-10. Jeremy Swayman looked strong between the pipes to keep game tied 1-1 heading into the final 20 minutes.
Sioux Falls regained the lead just 3:52 into the third period when Jaxon Nelson and Nathan Dingmann found Justin Wells open at the left point. Wells blasted a shot through traffic that deflected off a Musketeer defenseman and into the back of the net to give Sioux Falls a 2-1 edge. From there it was all Stampede as they outshot the Musketeers 19-4 in the period and created scoring chance after scoring chance, but goaltender Kivlenieks was sharp for the Musketeers. Sioux City pulled their goaltender late and Paul DeNaples put the game away for good with an empty net goal to secure two points and a victory for the Stampede.
The Stampede outshot the Musketeers 37-27 on the night and finished 0-for-5 on the power play while the Musketeers were 0-for-2.
Sioux Falls returns home to the PREMIER Center Sunday to host the Waterloo Black Hawks at 4:05 PM in the final game before the holiday break. Fans take can take advantage of the KELO-FM Family 4-Pack which includes 4 lower level seats to the game, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas and 1 large popcorn for just $49. These packages are available only through the Stampede office by calling 336-6060 between 12 PM and 2 PM on Sunday.