Stampede Fall In OT Despite Suter’s Late Goal

Heartbreaker for Herd at Home against Lincoln

The comeback kids almost did it again. Trailing 1-0 late in the third period, Jack Suter tallied his seventh goal of the season with 2:17 remaining in regulation to tie the first place Lincoln Stars and force overtime, but Stars forward Grant Jozefek ended the game with a nice move and shot at 3:56 into overtime to lift the Stars past the Stampede, 2-1 on New Year’s Eve at the PREMIER Center. The third largest crowd of the year at 8,678 fans nearly saw yet another comeback win, but the Herd still earned a point in the standings and are still in second place in the West, four points behind the first place Stars.

The overtime loss dropped the Herd’s overall record to 16-11-2 while the Stars improved to 4-0 in overtime/shootouts this year and 19-11-0 overall. Stefanos Lekkas was again outstanding between the pipes for the Herd making 21 saves on 23 shots.

After two scoreless periods in which the Herd outshot the Stars 21-19, the Stars broke through at 4:34 of the first when Ludvig Hoff came across the Stampede blueline and slapped a shot towards Lekkas. The puck glanced off his glove and behind him and into the net to give Lincoln a 1-0 edge. The rest of the period was dominated by the Herd who looked much more fresh and determined then in their 3-0 loss to Bloomington on Tuesday. With a never die attitude, the Herd found a way to tie the game. Joe Rutkowski sent a pass up the middle of the ice to Parker Tuomie who brought it into the Stars zone where he found Suter down the left wing side, Suter glided towards the goal and cut in front of the crease at the last second, sending the puck past the right pad of Lincoln goaltender Patrik Virtanen who was spectacular for the Stars, making several highlight reel saves earlier in the game to keep the Herd scoreless.

The game would eventually go into overtime, but the Stars would take advantage of a loose puck in the left circle that was swept up by Jozefek who then cut towards the goal and slipped the puck past the left leg of Lekkas to give the Stars a 2-1 victory. Sioux Falls outshot the Stars 3-2 in the extra period.

Sioux Falls outshot the Stars 37-23 on the night and went 0-for-2 on the power play while the Stars would finish 0-for-3.

The Herd will take New Year’s Day off before returning to action on Saturday when they travel to Sioux City to face the Musketeers at 7:05 PM.
 

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