The Sioux Falls Stampede allowed five goals in the first period and were never able to recover in a tough 9-5 loss before 5,117 fans at the PREMIER Center Saturday night. After falling behind 5-0, the Stampede scored three times in the second and twice in the third, but came up short in their comeback attempt and fell to 2-4-1 on the season. Austin Albrecht continued his hot start to the season, tallying a goal and two assists while Eric MacAdams had a goal and an assist for the Herd. Jeremy Swayman stopped 23 of 29 shots in goal while Mikhail Berdin turned aside 13 of 16 shots as both played for the Stampede in the loss. Sioux Falls winless streak is now at five games (0-4-1) and the Herd dropped to 1-3-0 on home ice.
The Stampede did not look ready to play on this night and the Waterloo Black Hawks sure did. The Hawks got the scoring fest going just 4:26 into the first period when Jackson Cates wristed a shot perfectly into the upper left hand corner of the net to give Waterloo a 1-0 lead. That was the start of a big period for the Black Hawks who went on to get goals from Kevin Charyszyn, Michael Ferrandino, Nick Swaney and Emil Ohrvall in the period to take a commanding 5-0 lead into the locker room. The Stampede allowed 23 shots in the first while registering just four shots of their own. Swayman stopped 11 of 15 shots before being relieved by Mikhail Berdin. Waterloo outshot the Herd 23-4 in the period.
Sioux Falls showed some life early in the second, scoring just 1:15 into the period when Lean Bergman broke into the Waterloo zone up the right wing boards and sent a pass over to Jack Becker who one-timed the pass into the back of the net to get the Herd one the board. Shane Bowers answered that with a goal of his own at 7:45 to make it a 6-1 game. Sioux Falls came back at 9:27 of the period when Austin Albrecht continued his strong play early in the season and knocked in his own rebound to give the Stampede their second goal of the game. Waterloo responded just minutes later when Yuki Miura tipped in a pass in front of the net to give the Black Hawks seven goals. That sent Berdin back to the bench and Swayman back into the game. The Stampede got another goal at 15:49 when Collin Swoyer blasted a shot from the point that went off the shoulder of Waterloo goaltender Severi Isokangas and into the back of the net to make it a 7-3 game. Once again the Herd were unable to build off the goal and Waterloo would respond with another goal, this time Jack Drury drove towards the net, faking on the backhand before going forehand and over the shoulder of Swayman. Waterloo led 8-3 after two periods, but the Stampede outshot the Black Hawks 16-10 in the period.
Sioux Falls kept chipping away in the third and scored their fourth goal of the night when Eric MacAdams shot deflected off a skate and into the goal at the nine minute mark. The Stampede pulled within three goals at 11:20 when Lean Bergman scored on a rebound to make it an 8-5 game. Any hopes of a dramatic comeback were put to rest however at the 15:43 mark when Miura tallied his second of the night to give Waterloo a commanding 9-5 lead. Sioux Falls outshot the Hawks 15-12 in the period.
Waterloo outshot Sioux Falls 45-35 on the night and finished 2-for-3 on the power play while the Stampede went 2-for-5.
The Herd look to get back on track next weekend when they welcome in the Green Bay Gamblers for a pair of home games, Friday and Saturday night at the PREMIER Center. On Saturday, October 22nd, the first 1,500 kids 10-and-under will receive a Stampede replica jersey, compliments of Waterbury Heating & Cooling and Coleman Heating & Air Conditioning. Tickets for both games are available at the PREMIER Center Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.