Stampede Move On With Win Over Sioux City (Highlights & Postgame Comments)
by KDLT Sports
April 17, 2011 11:37 PM
Trailing 2-0 in the second period with their season on the line, the Stampede played some of their best hockey of the season and rallied for a 5-3 victory in Game 3 of their first round series over Sioux City. The win advances the Stampede to the second round where they will face Omaha starting Wednesday night in Omaha. Kyle Rau scored twice while the Herd also got goals from Marcus Perrier, Nolan Youngmun and Ryan Jacobson. Stephon Williams earned the win in goal with 19 saves for the Stampede who advanced to the second round for the first time since 2007. The difference in the game was special teams as Sioux Falls finished 3 for 5 on the powerplay while holding Sioux City 1 for 5 on the advantage.
Prior to Game 3, the Musketeers had talked about the importance of getting the first goal of the game and they did that 12:59 in when Brad Robbins scored on the powerplay. With Williams out of position, Max McCormick fed Robbins inside the right circle who slapped the puck into the back of the net to give Sioux City a 1-0 edge. The Musketeers outshot the Stampede 12-7 and took that lead into the locker room.
The Herd were hoping for a good start to the second, but it was the Musketeers who gained a 2-0 lead just 25 seconds into the period on a goal from Tom Olczyk. Olczyk took a pass right off the face-off circle and wristed a shot into the upper right hand corner of the net. The Herd responded at 1:49 when Marcus Perrier scored on the powerplay off a blast from the high slot that made it 2-1. The turning point of the game would come at 8:31 when the Stampede found themselves down two men for nearly two whole minutes. The Stampede penalty kill was as good as it has been all year and limited Sioux City to minimal scoring chances and eventually killed the entire penalty off.
It would stay 2-1 until 16:04 when Christian Isackson fed Kyle Rau down the right wing corner and Rau backhanded a shot into the back of the net to tie the game at two. Just over two minutes later Nolan Youngmun would score to send the Stampede faithful into a frenzy. Daniel Doremus set up the play inside the right circle and sliding it across the crease to the left wing side where Youngmun came sliding down and one-timed the puck into the back of the net to make it a 3-2 game. The celebration would be short lived however has Sioux City would tie the game with just 46 seconds remaining when Ryan Carpenter crashed the Stampede net and slid a loose puck under the legs of Williams to tie the game at three after two periods of play.
The Stampede regained the momentum in third, outshooting the Musketeers 12-2 and eventually capturing the game. With the game still tied at three, Daniel Doremus found Kyle Rau down the right wing boards and Rau gave the Herd the lead for good when he backhanded a shot into the upper right hand corner of the net while being hauled down by the Musketeer defense. The Herd closed out the game when Ryan Jacobson added an empty netter at 18:27 and the celebration was on at the Sioux Falls Arena as the Herd took the decisive game, 5-3. The Stampede outshot the Musketeers 35-22 on the night.
Sioux Falls will now face and Omaha Lancers team the Herd went 4-4-0 against during the regular season. The series schedule is as follows:
Game 1: Wednesday, April 20 @Omaha 7:05 PM
Game 2: Friday, April 22 @Omaha 7:05 PM
Game 3: Saturday, April 23@Sioux Falls 7:05 PM
*Game 4: Monday, April 25@Sioux Falls 7:05 PM
*Game 5: Wednesday, April 27@Omaha 7:05 PM
Courtesy: Jim Olander, Sioux Falls Stampede Follow KDLT Weekend Sports Anchor Kolbe Nelson on Twitter at @KolbeNelson