Stampede Rout Fargo For Owens’ 300th Career Win
Herd Beat Fargo 6-2
The Sioux Falls Stampede scored four times in the third period en route to a 6-2 thumping of the Fargo Force before 5,083 fans at the PREMIER Center Saturday night. The Herd have now won three straight home games and three of their last four overall as they improved to 8-11-1 on the season. It also marked the 300th career regular season coaching victory for head coach Scott Owens whose career also included time behind the bench with the Madison Capitols and Des Moines Buccaneers.
Paul DeNaples led the way with two goals while Max Johnson and Alex Stevens added a goal and an assist each. Mikhali Berdin earned the victory in between the pipes with 27 saves for the Herd who won for the first time this season against Fargo.
The Herd came out and played arguably their best first period of the year throwing up 18 shots, but were still scoreless with Fargo through the first 15 minutes of the game. The Herd finally found a way past Fargo goaltender Matt Murray at 15:17 when Matthew Quercia won a face-off draw back to Paul DeNaples at the right point and DeNaples wristed a shot through traffic and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Fargo picked up the pace in the second period, but Berdin was solid between the pipes and stopped all 13 shots he faced to keep it a 1-0 score. The Herd were able to add to their lead once again late in the period, scoring with just under five minutes remaining in the period when Lean Bergmann tallied his third of the season. Justin Wells and Max Johnson teamed up to get a shot towards the goal that was stopped by Murray, but Bergmann charged in and knocked home a loose rebound to give the Herd a 2-0 advantage heading into the final period. Fargo outshot the Herd 14-10 in the period.
The Force got back into the game with two goals from Jacob Paganelli in the first 5:35 of the period to tie the game 2-2. Moments after Pagnaelli’s second goal the Herd went on the power play and they made sure to make it count. Alex Stevens drove inside the left circle and fired a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced back in front of the net where Johnson skated and jammed home the rebound to regain the lead at 3-2 and bring all 5,083 fans to their feet. The Herd weren’t done just yet though, Jack Doremus took the puck into the Fargo zone on a 2-on-1 at 17:24 and sent a perfect pass to Josh Passolt who wristed the puck under the crossbar and into the goal for a 4-2 lead. The Stampede would get flagged for a penalty late, but score an empty net goal from DeNaples to take a 5-2 lead. The game was over for good when Stevens scored an empty netter with 1:09 left in the game as the Herd rolled to a 6-2 win.
Sioux Falls outshot Fargo 43-29 and finished 1-for-3 on the power play against the league’s best penalty kill team while going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill themselves.
The Herd return to action at the PREMIER Center next Friday when they host Des Moines and Saturday when they entertain Omaha. Game times are 7:05 PM each night and tickets are available through the PREMIER Center or any Ticketmaster outlet. Saturday is Military Night presented by the South Dakota Army National Guard. The club will honor the men and women of our military throughout the game.