Madison, WI—The Sioux Falls Stampede earned another point in the standings Saturday night, but once again came up short in extra time, this time falling 1-0 in a five round shootout and 4-3 in the game to the Madison Capitols Saturday night. The Herd have lost 15 games this season by just a goal, nine of them in either overtime or shootouts as they fell to 17-27-9 on the year.
Mitch Perrault, Marcus Russell and Jack Becker all scored in the game for the Herd while Mikhail Berdin stopped 36 shots in goal for the Stampede who have earned a point in four of their last six games.
Madison grabbed the first goal of the game 5:30 into the tilt when Kamil Sadlocha scored on the power play. Sadlocha took the puck inside the right circle and wristed it under the left pad of Stampede goaltender Mikhail Berdin for a 1-0 lead. It stayed that way until the 12:31 mark when the Herd got on the board with a power play tally of their own. Gavin Hain sent a perfect pass into the left circle to Mitch Perrault who one-timed the shot past Madison goaltender Dryden McKay. Sioux Falls took their first lead of the night at 18:47 when Vitaliy Novytskyy blasted a shot from the left point that was deflected in by Marcus Russell for his first goal of the season and gave the Herd a 2-1 lead at the end of one period. Sioux Falls outshot the Caps, 13-7 in the period.
Madison wasted no time to tie the game in the second period when the Captiols won an offensive faceoff draw back to Mick Messner who quickly wristed a shot past Berdin to tie the game 2-2. It remained tied for most of the period, but the Herd were able to regain the lead at 16:04 when Jack Becker tallied his 12th of the season. Khristian Acosta sent a pass up the right wing wall to Passolt who broke into the offensive zone and fired a pass through the slot to Jack Becker who tapped the puck through the pads of McKay to regain the lead for the Stampede at 3-2. Acosta extended his assist streak to five straight games. Sioux Falls outshot the Caps 12-11 in the period.
Sioux Falls was hoping to hold off the Caps in the third period, but Madison had other ideas and tied the game midway through the period at 9:59 when Messner tallied his second of the night when he picked up the puck in the slot and wristed a shot that beat Berdin to make it a 3-3 game. Both teams had some good chances to win the game in the third, but neither could hit the back of the net. The Capitols had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Berdin made a tremendous save to force overtime.
Sioux Falls had some golden opportunities to win the game in the extra session, including a breakaway try from Josh Passolt, but McKay made a big stop to keep the game tied and force a shootout.
The Stampede struggles in the shootout continued as they went 0-for-5 and the Capitols converted in round five on a goal from Robby Fosdick to take the shootout 1-0 and the game, 4-3. Madison outshot the Herd 40-34 on the night and finished 1-for-2 on the power play while the Herd finished 1-for-3.
Sioux Falls returns to the PREMIER Center this Tuesday when they host the Des Moines Buccaneers at 7:05 PM. It is the final KELO-FM Family 4-Pack night where fans can get four lower level tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and a large popcorn for just $49. These packages are available only through the Stampede office by calling 336-6060.