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Stampede Wins Home Opener 5-3

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The Stampede did not disappoint their fans on opening night at Sioux Falls Arena, earning a 5-3 victory over the U.S. Under-18 Development Team Friday.  Ryan Jacobson, Daniel Doremus, Austyn Young, Brent Darnell and Jordan Oesterle all scored in the win for the Stampede while Juho Olkinuora earned his first career USHL win in goal with 17 saves. The win improved the Stampede’s record to 2-2-0 on the season.


The Stampede shrugged off any early nerves with a goal just 3:13 in by Jacobson. Jordan Oesterle found Jacobson down the right wing boards who wristed a shot right past U.S. netminder John Gibson. The Stampede added to their lead just over two minutes later when Daniel Doremus stole the puck at the U.S. blueline, broke down the right wing side and wristed a shot from just inside the right circle into the net to make it a 2-0 game. That’s the way it would stay until 18:18 of the period when Reid Boucher beat Olkinuora to cut the lead in half at the end of the first period. The Herd outshot the U.S. 13-6 in the period.


The second period was a bit sluggish for the Stampede and U.S. took advantage. Mario Lucia knocked in a bouncing puck in front of the Stampede net at 4:52 to make it a 2-2 game. Matt Killian and Cole Bardreau earned the assists on the goal. The rest of the period was back and forth with few scoring chances for either team. The Herd outshot the U.S. 8-7 in the period.


Sioux Falls regained the lead 5:22 into the third period when Austyn Young took a pass from Marcus Perrier and fired a shot from the top of the left circle into the upper left hand corner of the net past the right shoulder of Gibson. The Stampede were once again unable to hold on to their lead as the U.S. tied the game at 11:44 when Rocco Grimaldi broke down the left wing boards into the Stampede zone down and sent a pass across to Reid Boucher who deflected it into the net. The Herd would respond however, as Dominic Zombo found Brent Darnell open in front of the net who tipped the puck into the net for the eventual game winner at 15:01. With the goaltender pulled, the Stampede sealed the game for good when Oesterle sent the puck around the boards and got a generous bounce that resulted in the puck rolling all the way into the goal to give the Stampede a 5-3 win.


The Stampede outshot the U.S. Under-18 squad 35-20 on the night and finished 0 for 4 on the powerplay while stopping all three of Team USA’s powerplay opportunities. The Stampede return to action Saturday night when they face the Chicago Steel at 7:05 PM at the Sioux Falls Arena.

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