KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Stampede Win Thriller

Bookmark and Share

Sioux Falls, SD--The Sioux Falls Stampede would need more than three periods to get the victory Sunday evening as they sunk the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in a shootout by a score of 3-2 at the Arena.  Kyle Rankin had the clinching goal in the fourth round of the shootout while Todd Skirving and Justin Selman each scored for Sioux Falls (16-32-6) in regulation.  Goaltender Jay Williams stopped 21 of 23 Cedar Rapids shots he faced.  Thomas Forgione and Dylan Gareau had the goals for the RoughRiders(23-20-11), while goaltender Matt McNeely had 34 saves.  Eleven of the Stampedes 16 wins on the season have now come on home ice.


“Our fans get what this is all about,” said head coach Kevin Hartzell, adding later, “I’m really proud of our fan support.” 


The Stampede were able to put several quality shots on McNeely in the first period and went on their first power play of the game at 3:49 when John Gilmour went off for slashing.  However, Sioux Falls would not capitalize on the chances, allowing Cedar Rapids to open the scoring with 4:16 left when Thomas Forgione deflected a Preston Hodge shot past Williams right side, making the game 1-0.  Williams, who stopped five of six shots he faced, prevented any further damage with under a minute left with a huge save on a Cedar Rapids three-on-one rush.  Each team went 0-fo- 1 on the man advantage in the period.  


Hard work finally paid off for the Herd in the second period when they would score shorthanded on a goal from Todd Skirving.  The play started when Zac McCarver intercepted a pass at center and sent Skirving in on a breakaway down the left wing boards for his team leading 17th goal of the season. It was the first shorthanded goals scored by the Herd this season. The Stampede weren’t done yet in the period, as Justin Selman doubled his teams lead at 14:55 when he wristed a shot past McNeely’s glove side.   Cedar Rapids evened the score with 2:32 remaining in the period when a Dylan Gareau shot took an unfortunate ricochet off of Williams stick and into the net.  Williams ended up stopping six of seven shots put his way in the period.  As was the case in the opening period, each team went 0-for-1 on the power play. 


The RoughRiders were given a prime opportunity to seize the lead only 55 seconds into the period when Sioux Falls was hit with a penalty for too many men on the ice.  Sioux Falls killed off the man advantage with little trouble and went on a power play of their own at 10:50 thanks to a Dylan Gareau roughing call.  However, they would be unable to score and both teams headed to overtime.


Stampede found themselves in great position to seal the victory in the extra period, starting overtime on the power play and even going on a 5-on-3 for a full 60 seconds.  Cedar Rapids netminder Matt McNeely was on top of his game and stopped all three quality scoring shots in overtime to keep the game even and eventually force a shootout.


In the shootout, neither team scored through three rounds and after Dennis Kravchenko was stopped by Williams it set up a chance for Kyle Rankin to win the game and he did not disappoint as he backhanded the puck past the glove side of McNeely and the Stampede went home happy with the victory.


“I was planning to go backhand all along,” said Rankin.  “I was lucky to have it go in.”


Sioux Falls would end the night 0-for-4 on the power play, while Cedar Rapids would go 0-for-3. 


The Stampede will return to action this Friday and Saturday when they host the Fargo Force and Tri-City Storm on Friday and Saturday respectively at 7:05 PM.  Both games are expected to have big crowds so get your tickets in advance at the Sioux Falls Arena Box Office.


Courtesy: Tony Cola, Sioux Falls Stampede


Follow KDLT Sports at @KDLTSports and KDLT Weekend Sports Anchor Kolbe Nelson at @KolbeNelson for opinions, links, and updates on Twitter. And don't forget to check out the KDLT Sports Facebook Page

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

6 goals for Johnson leads DWU women to big win

OMAHA, Neb. – Helping the Dakota Wesleyan University ...

Dordt beats Mustangs in Sioux City  story with video

The Dordt Defenders climbed 2 more spots in the  NAIA ...

Vikings wanted to "get it right" with AP  story with video

The Minnesota Vikings made Adrian Peterson inactive for Sunday's ...

Eades has tough decisions ahead  story with video  Sep. 17

Scheels Plays of the Week from September 8th-14th  story with video  Sep. 17

Chargers remain undefeated behind Lee Wynia  story with video  Sep. 16

Big night for OG's Kloth, WHS wins at Lincoln  story with video  Sep. 16

Wayne State rallies past #22 Augie in NSIC opener  story with video  Sep. 16

Northern rolls past Moorhead behind Chambers  Sep. 16

Riders turn to Thune to replace star QB  story with video  Sep. 16

Grand Jury To Weigh Case Of NASCAR's Tony Stewart  Sep. 16

KDLT Sports Stories

Teen Injured In SF Car Vs. Moped Accident

A 15-year-old girl was sent to the hospital Tuesday ...

A Mother's Fight For Justice   story with video

The mother of a Sioux Falls woman who was hit and killed ...

FBI & IRS Agents Search Canton Businesses & Home

The FBI raided at least two businesses and a home in ...

SD Adopts New Physical Education Standards  story with video  Sep. 16

Tragic Accident or Murder? It's Up To Jurors  story with video  Sep. 17

SF Sports Store Not Affected By Peterson Case  story with video  Sep. 16

Hurricane Leaves Pierre Mayor Stuck In Mexico  Sep. 16

Lakota Man Wants Name Of Harney Peak Changed  Sep. 16

KDLT News Archive
Back To Top