For the third straight game the Stampede grabbed the first goal of the game, but this time it wouldn’t be enough as the Waterloo Black Hawks rallied to top the Herd 5-2 on Saturday night before 5,583 fans at the PREMIER Center. Max Johnson and Jack Doremus tallied goals for the Herd while Jeremy Swayman stopped 33 shots in goal for the Herd who fell to 2-1-0 on the young season. Emil Ohrvall tallied two goals for the Black Hawks who improved their record to 2-1-0.
After a back-and-forth start to the game, Sioux Falls grabbed the first goal of the game at 14:01 of the game on the power play when the Johnson’s connected. Jake Johnson sent a pass up the right wing side to Max Johnson who brought the puck into the Black Hawks zone and wristsed a shot that deflected off the glove of Waterloo goaltender Robbie Beydoun and into the back of the net for his first goal of the season. The Herd looked to keep the momentum going, but the Black Hawks wouldn’t go quietly and tied the game with just 55 seconds remaining when Emil Ohrvall scored on the power play. Michael Ferrandino sent a perfect pass into the right circle for Ohrvall who one-timed the shot over the left glove of Stampede goaltender Jeremy Swayman. Waterloo outshot the Herd 16-8 in the period.
Waterloo continued their strong play in the second, scoring just 3:35 into the period when Kevin Charyszyn stole the puck in the netural zone and broke into the Stampede zone, wristing a shot just under the crossbar to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead and the hand the Stampede their first deficit of the season. Less than two minutes later the Hawks struck again, this time a long pass from Jake Ryczek to Nick Swaney who was left all alone on the Stampede blue line and skated in before blasting a shot under the Stampede crossbar to make it a 3-1 game. The Stampede went on to kill off a 5-on-3 power play for the Black Hawks, but still found themselves down 3-1 at the end of the period with Waterloo outshooting the Stampede 13-12.
The Herd had more jump to start the third and came close on a couple of opportunities, but Beydoun continued his strong play and shut the Stampede down. Sioux Falls went on the power play six minutes into the third, but it was the Black Hawks who would take the advantage as Nick Swaney found Shane Bowers who skated down the left wing side and tapped in the Swaney pass into the net to give the Hawks a 4-1 edge. Sioux Falls got back into the game at 8:13 when Jack Doremus jammed the puck in from the side of the net and under the pads of Beydoun to make it a 4-2 game, but that would be as close as the Stampede would get. Emil Ohrvall sealed the game at 11:54 when Bowers sent a perfect pass onto his stick and Ohrvall found the back to the net to give the Black Hawks a 5-2 edge. The Stampede tried to rally late and pulled Swayman, but could not convert on a late power play and 6-on-4 advantage.
Waterloo outshot the Herd 38-33 on the night and finished 1-for-6 on the power play while the Stampede were 1-for-4.
The Stampede return to action next Friday and Saturday when they travel to Omaha and Sioux City, Friday and Saturday at 7:05 PM.