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The Stampede saved the best for last. In their last preseason game, the Herd blasted 31 shots en route to a 3-2 victory over the Indiana Ice at the USHL Fall Classic on Saturday. It was the first victory of the preseason for the Herd who finished exhibition play with a 1-2-2 record. Christian Isackson led the way with a goal and an assist while Dominic Zombo and Sam Coatta also scored in the win for the Stampede.


It was early, but the Stampede certainly didn’t look sleepy early on, scoring just 3:55 into the game to take a 1-0 lead on a goal from Dominic Zombo. Anthony Day chipped the puck in the neutral zone to Christian Isackson who broke into the Indiana zone on a 2-on-1 with Zombo. Isackson brought the puck up the right wing boards, just inside the right circle, and slid the puck to Zombo in front of the net who one-timed it into the back of the net to give Sioux Falls a 1-0 lead. The Stampede controlled most of the play in the first period and the score remained 1-0 until 18:03 of the period when Christian Hilbrich’s shot was stopped by the pad of Herd netminder Juho Olkinuora, but the puck stopped on the goal line and Cody Bradley raced in to tap the puck over the line and tie the game after one period. The Stampede outshot the Ice 11-3 in the period.


The Stampede kept the pressure up in the second period and cashed in with two more goals. The Herd regained the lead 5:59 into the period, on the powerplay, when Anthony Day found Christian Isackson open in front of the net. Day held the puck behind the Indiana net and fed a wide open Isackson who slapped home the pass to make it a 2-1 game. Six minutes later the Stampede found themselves on the powerplay again and once again they would connect. This time Matt Tabrum fed Sam Coatta across the ice inside the right circle and Coatta wristed a shot past the stick side of Indiana netminder Casey DeSmith. The Stampede would control the rest of the period, outshooting Indiana 10-2 and took a 3-1 lead into the locker room.


It was much of the same in the period as the Stampede outshot Indiana 10-6, but the Ice made things interesting at 13:56 of the period when Dan Cesarz picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat Olkinuora to make it a 3-2 game. Indiana would pull their goaltender late, but the Stampede held off the Ice for their first win of the preseason, 3-2.


Sioux Falls outshot Indiana 31-12 in the game and went 2 for 5 on the powerplay while stopping both shorthanded situations.  The Stampede will now have to trim their roster to 23 players by Monday afternoon. The Herd open the regular season next Saturday, October 2nd in Sioux City against the Musketeers at 7:05 p.m.  The Stampede’s home opener is set for Friday, October 15th against Team USA.


Courtesy: Jim Olander, Stampede Media Relations

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