Omaha Tops Stampede In Overtime
Herd Lose 3-2
Sioux Falls, SD—A week after a thrilling overtime win over Youngstown, the Sioux Falls Stampede were looking to do it again on Saturday night, but this time their opponent would be the ones celebrating at the end. After the Stampede rallied to tie the game late, the Omaha Lancers scored 3:46 into overtime to top the Stampede 3-2 on Ugly Sweater Night before 6,184 fans at the PREMIER Center. The Herd are now just 1-4 in overtime games this season, but 11-7-6 overall and still in third place in the Western Conference. Jaxson Stauber turned aside 33 shots between the pipes for the Herd who have now earned at least a point in 11 of their last 14 games.
After slow start to the game, the Stampede earned the first goal of the night when AJ Villella wristed a shot from the right circle into the upper left-hand corner of the net to give Sioux Falls a 1-0 lead at 11:15. Three minutes later the Lancers would tie the game off a turnover in front of the net where Cole Gallant picked up the puck and wristed a shot right under the crossbar to tie the game 1-1. Omaha outshot the Stampede 10-8 in the period.
After a scoreless second period in which the Lancers outshot the Stampede 10-8, things got tight in the third period with both teams cautious to give anything up. It remained tied until the 14:06 mark when Cole Gallant took the puck at the top of the right circle and blasted a shot perfectly into the upper right-hand corner of the net to give the Lancers their first lead of the night at 2-1. The Stampede would pull Stauber with 1:45 to go for an extra attacker as Reid Stefanson blasted a shot from the left point into the upper right-hand corner of the net with 1:34 remaining to tie the game and force overtime.
The Stampede were hoping their success from their previous overtime would carry over, but Omaha dominated the extra session and finally ended the game 3:46 into the extra session when Cole Gallant sent a pass to the bottom of the left circle for a streaking Filip Suchy who one-timed it into the back of the net for the game winner.
Omaha outshot the Herd 4-1 in overtime and 37-24 on the night. The Lancers were 0-for-3 on the power play while the Stampede went 0-for-1.
The Stampede close out their long weekend at home on Sunday when they host the Central Illinois Flying Aces at 6:05 PM inside the PREMIER center. It is the final game before the winter break for the Stampede who won’t return home again until December 28th. Tickets are available through the KELOLAND Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.
-Recap Courtesy SF Stampede