Stampede’s 6-Goal Rally Falls Short In Shootout Loss To Cedar Rapids
Herd Still Winless At Home After 7-6 Loss
Sioux Falls, SD—In a night in which the Stampede honored those fighting or who have fought the battle of breast cancer, the Stampede fought back from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game and earn a point in what was eventually a 7-6 shootout loss to Cedar Rapids before 9,415 fans Saturday night at the PREMIER Center. The largest crowd of the season came out to see Pink in the Rink night where the Herd trailed by six goals with eight minutes left in the second period, but rallied for six unanswered to tie the game and eventually force overtime and a shootout.
Artem Ivanyuzhenkov scored twice while Khristian Acosta, Jack St. Ivany and Carson Dimoff all tallied a goal and an assist each. Jaxson Stauber took the shootout loss, stopping 19 of 25 shots in goal. The Stampede are now 4-4-3 on the season while Cedar Rapids improved to 5-4-0.
The first period didn’t go as planned for the Stampede who surrendered three goals. A penalty less than a minute in put the Riders on the power play and they took advantage just 1:16 into the period when Nathan Smith deflected a shot from the high slot past Stampede goaltender Jaxson Stauber for a 1-0 lead. The RoughRiders made it 2-0 just over a minute later when Marc McLaughlin wristed a shot over the right shoulder of Stauber to give Cedar Rapids a two-goal advantage less than three minutes into the game. The Herd had a chance to pull back into the game, but were unable to convert on a power play opportunity. Cedar Rapids tallied their third goal of the game at 18:10 when Chase Blackmun converted on a 3-on-1 break and wristed a shot through the five-hole of Stauber for a 3-0 advantage. The Herd headed into the locker room trailing, despite outshooting the RoughRiders 12-8.
A crazy second period ensued as the Stampede allowed three more goals and trailed 6-0 at the 12:05 mark of the period. The Herd went on the power play shortly thereafter thought and converted when Nolan Walker found Artem Ivanyuzhenkov who slapped a shot into the back of the net to get on the board. The Herd went on the power play again just moments later and once again would convert when Colin Swoyer’s blast from the right point was deflected into the net by Ivanyuzhenkov at 14:55 for his second of the night. The Herd got all 9,415 fans onto their feet just 29 seconds later when Mitchell Mattson picked up at the bottom of the left circle and backhanded the puck right through the five-hole of Blake Pietila and suddenly it was a 6-3 game. Sioux Falls outshot Cedar Rapids 12-9 in the period.
The excitement continued early in the third as Carson Dimoff picked up a loose puck inside the left circle and ripped a shot past Pietila to make it a 6-4 game. Just over two minutes later, the Herd were back at again when Carson Dimoff and Khristian Acosta broke in on a 2-on-1 with Dimoff sending a perfect pass to the tape of Acosta who tapped the puck into the back of the net to make it a one-goal game. Three minutes later the Herd were back on the power play and Jack St. Ivany tallied his first of the year at 9:42 when his shot from the point deflected off a RoughRiders player and into the back of the net to tie the game 6-6, sending the Stampede faithful into a frenzy.
The game would eventually go into overtime and after a wild and crazy regulation, the game slowed down in the extra session with both teams cautious of not wanting to turn over the puck and the game would head to a shootout. The Stampede’s shootout woes would continue as they were outscored 2-0 and are now 0-2 this season with zero goals scored in seven attempts.
Despite the shootout, the Herd still earned a point and outshot the RoughRiders 39-25 in the game while going 3-for-5 on the power play while Cedar Rapids finished 1-for-3.
The Stampede return to action on Friday when they host Sioux City at 7:05 PM inside the PREMIER Center. Tickets are available through the KELOLAND Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.
-Recap Courtesy SF Stampede