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Lincoln, NE—The Sioux Falls Stampede led the Lincoln Stars 2-1 after one period, but the Stars rallied to take down the Herd by a final of 4-2 Saturday night at the Ice Box in Lincoln. The loss extended the Stampede’s winless streak to 10 games (0-8-2) and dropped them to 16-24-6 on the season. With the Herd trying to rally down a goal late in the third, Lincoln scored an empty net goal to seal the victory. Jack Doremus and Lean Bergmann scored first period goals for the Herd while Mikhali Berdin turned aside 41 of 44 shots on the night.
The Lincoln Stars were hungry to score early in the game after being shut out in back-to-back games prior to Friday night and they would grab the first goal of the game at 10:30. Dominick Mersch picked up a loose rebound in front of the net and tucked it under the pads of Berdin to make it a 1-0 game. The Stampede would respond with their first goal of the weekend at 13:31 when Jack Doremus wristed a shot onto Stars netminder Cayden Primeau who made the first save, but Doremus pounced on the rebound and put it over his left shoulder to tie the game 1-1 with his 17th goal of the year. Sioux Falls grabbed a 2-1 lead at 18:36 of the period when Mitch Perrault sent a pass inside the left circle to Lean Bergmann who blasted the puck into the upper right hand corner of the net for his sixth of the season. The Herd took that lead into the locker room, outshooting the Stars 11-10 in the period.
Lincoln would tie the game just 5:07 into the period when Collin Peters scored off a face-off win, on the power play, wristed a shot from the slot that beat Berdin just under his stick and into the net. It stayed that way until late in the second when the Stars regained their lead at 18:48 when Henry Bowlby crashed the net to pick up a loose puck and beat Berdin to take a 3-2 lead into the third period. Lincoln outshot the Herd, 18-11 in the period.
The Stampede looked to put their rally caps on in the third and once again competed hard trying to find that tying goal that would potentially at least to send the game into overtime. Sioux Falls posted 13 shots in the period, but nothing would get past Primeau. The Stars sealed the game with an empty net goal with 51 seconds remaining to take the game, 4-2.
Lincoln outshot the Herd 45-35 on the night and finished 1-for-4 on the power play while the Herd were 0-for-3.
Sioux Falls will get another crack at Lincoln as the two teams square off against each other again on Friday at the Ice Box at 7:35 PM. Fans can catch all the action starting at 7:15 PM with pre-game coverage on KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 107.9-FM and KELO.COM.
Kearney, NE—Bounces continued to go the wrong way for the Stampede Friday night as they were blanked by the Tri-City Storm 4-0 at the Viaero Center. The Storm scored a goal in the first, another in the second and two in the third to down the Herd for the first time this season. Sioux Falls fell despite outshooting the Storm 32-26 on the night and are now 16-23-6 on the year. Eric Dop earned the shutout in goal for Tri-City while Jeremy Swayman stopped 22 of 26 shots for the Herd.
The Stampede came out with good energy and had several good scoring chances in the first, but hit a goal post, had a partial breakaway stopped and another shot deflect off the goaltenders skate and just wide of the net. As it usually happens in hockey that led to the Storm taking advantage of their first opportunity when Adam Goodsir scored. Goodsir took the puck inside the left circle and cut in front of the Stampede net before sliding the puck under the left pad of Stampede goaltender Jeremy Swayman to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead 5:38 into the game. That would be the only goal of the period as the Storm took that lead into the locker room with both teams tallying eight shots each in the period.
It was much of the same in the second as the Herd controlled play, but yet couldn’t find a way to get the puck past Eric Dop, outshooting the Storm 17-9. Tri-City once again took advantage of one of their few opportunities at 4:43 of the period right after a Stampede power play when they broke across on a 3-on-1 and Jace Foskey blasted a one-timer from the right circle into the back of the net to make it a 2-0 game. That would be the only goal of the period and the Storm took their two goal lead into the intermission.
The Herd were hoping for a comeback in the third, but the Storm had other ideas as they scored two more goals to put the game away. Wyllum Deveaux skated in from the right circle and somehow found a small hole past Swayman to sneak the puck into the net at 9:40 to make it a 3-0 game. The Storm put the game away for good at 13:14 when the puck came into the right circle for Blais Richartz who wristed it through the five-hole of Swayman for a 4-0 edge.
Tri-City outshot the Herd 9-7 in the third period, but the Stampede outshot the Storm 32-26 on the night. Both teams finished 0-for-5 on the power play.
The Stampede return to action Saturday when they travel to the Ice Box to face the Stars at 7:05 PM. Fans can catch the game live on KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 107.9-FM and online at KELO.COM starting at 6:40 PM.
GAME DAY AT TRI-CITY STORM (2-24-17)
WHO: Stampede (16-22-6) at Tri-City (15-23-7)
WHEN: Tonight (Friday) 7:05 PM
WHERE: Viaero Center
RADIO: KELO 1320-AM, 107.9-FM or click here to listen live
VIDEO: HockeyTV: Click here
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Stampede face the Tri-City Storm for the third time this season, but for the first time in Kearney. The Herd are 2-0-0 against the Storm this season, winning both games in Sioux Falls in extra time. The Herd topped Tri-City 3-2 in a shootout on opening night and then again 4-3 in overtime on November 25th.
STAMPEDE UPDATE: The Herd are looking to put an end to their eight game winless streak tonight on the road. The Herd have not won a game in the month of February and since January 27th in Youngstown. Austin Albrecht and Alex Stevens have three assists against the Storm this season. Tonight will mark the 100th career USHL game for Jack Doremus in a Stampede uniform.
The Herd made another move this week, acquiring forward Regen Cavanagh from the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Starting tonight, Sioux Falls will play four straight games on the road and 10 of their last 16 games of the season away from home.
STORM UPDATE: The Storm have made several moves on their roster as they prepare for next season and have been struggling of late as well. Tri-City enters tonight winless in their last seven games (0-6-1) and are just 4-10-3 since January 6th.The Storm are led by Linus Weissbach who has 40 points (17g, 23a) in 44 games this season.
UP NEXT: The Stampede travel to Lincoln on Saturday to face the Stars for the first time this season at the Ice Box. Puck drop is 7:05 PM and fans can catch the game live on KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 107.9-FM and kelo.com starting at 6:40 PM.