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Stampede's Season Over with OT Loss

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The Sioux Falls Stampede brought their “A” game Sunday night, but came up just a little short in their quest for a trip to the Clark Cup Finals with a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to Dubuque in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Zemgus Girgensons tallied the game winning goal 2:28 into the extra session. Marcus Perrier and Austyn Young scored for Stampede who outshot the Saints 37 to 33 on the night.  Juho Olkinuora made 30 saves in goal for the Herd.


The Saints got the first goal of the game at 17:31 of the first period when Vinny Saponari scored on the powerplay. The Saints moved the puck quickly in the Stampede’s zone and Ryan found Saponari open in the right circle who quickly wristed a shot past the glove side of Stampede goaltender Juho Olkinuora. The Saints took that lead into the locker room despite being outshot 10-6 on the night.


The Stampede began the second period on the powerplay and Perrier cashed in just 25 seconds into the period. Connor Reilly’s shot was blocked in front of the net, but the rebound bounced out to the high slot where Perrier unleashed a blast and beat Dubuque netminder Matt Morris to tie the game at one. It would stay tied until 7:37 of the period when John Gaudreau found the back of the net. Gaudreau cut down the slot and batted in a bouncing puck pass from Saponari past a stretched out Olkinuora. Sioux Falls would once again respond though scoring at 17:50 of the period on a powerplay goal from Austyn Young. Daniel Doremus took a pass from Andrew Prochno and wristed the shot on net which was stopped by Morris, but Young slid in and knocked in the rebound to make it a 2-2 game after 40 minutes. The Stampede outshot the Saints 20 to 12 in the second.


Neither team would score in the third, but the Saints outshot the Stampede 12 to 5. The Herd only mustered five shots, but put pressure on Morris and hit two shots off the crossbar and one off the goal post. The game would eventually head to overtime after neither team was able to break the 2-2 tie.


The Stampede nearly won the game in overtime with a couple of quick chances early on, but Morris was able to make a couple of stops to keep the Herd off the board. The Saints would win the game just 2:38 in when Saponari brought the puck into the Stampede’s zone through the slot and fed Girgensons who was open in the right circle and wristed a shot into the upper right hand corner of the net sending the Saints to the Clark Cup Finals and ending the Herd’s season.


The Stampede finished 2 for 3 on the powerplay while Dubuque finished 1 for 4.

Thanks to all the fans for your great support of the team this season and we look forward to seeing you again next year! The Stampede will now prepare for the 2011 USHL draft which will take place Monday, May 16th


 Courtesy - Jim Olander - Vice President Broadcast & Communications

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