GAME DAY VS TRI-CITY (3-1-19)
WHO: Stampede (29-12-4) vs Tri-City (35-9-3)
WHEN: Tonight (Friday) 7:05 PM
WHERE: PREMIER Center
GAME SPONSOR: BCI Dakota Division
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RADIO: KELO 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM or click here to listen live
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TONIGHT’S GAME: The Stampede return to the PREMIER Center to host the Tri-City Storm in the first of two games this weekend between the two teams. The Storm hold a 2-0-0 edge in the season series with both games taking place back in November in Kearney.
STAMPEDE UPDATE: The Stampede are coming off a weekend sweep of Western Conference opponents. Last Friday, the Stampede rolled over Sioux City 6-2 at the Tyson Events Center. Six different players scored in the win for the Herd while Alec Calvaruso stopped 19 of 21 shots in goal. On Saturday, the Herd let a 3-0 lead slip away against Omaha, only to rally to tie and eventually win the game in overtime, 5-4. Jared Westcott tallied the game winning goal in the final minute of overtime while Calvaruso stopped 24 shots to earn the game.
Since falling 7-3 at Tri-City on November 30th, the Stampede have gone 21-5-2 and are currently riding an eight-game winning streak on home ice. The Herd have one of the best home records in the league at 17-3-1 at the PREMIER Center this season.
NEW FACES: The Stampede have two new players in the lineup tonight. Logan Britt will wear #11 and Mason Klee will wear #3. Both players come to the Stampede in a trade with the Lincoln Stars. Britt has tallied 18 points (5g, 13a) in 46 games while Klee has posted 7 points (2g, 5a) in 47 games. Klee was a member of the Stars playoff team last season that topped the Herd in overtime in Game 3 of their first round series. The Stampede also announced that Austen Swankler will start wearing #21 for the rest of the season.
STORM UPDATE: The Storm have been the top team in the USHL for the entire season. Tri-City is currently riding a seven-game unbeaten streak in regulation (6-0-1) and are 8-1-1 over their last 10 games. Last weekend, the Storm earned three points against the Chicago Steel. On Friday, the Storm topped Chicago 5-3 before falling 4-3 in overtime on Saturday in Kearney.
The Storm are home to the top goaltender in the league in Isaiah Saville who is 19-3-2 with a 1.90 GAA and a .929 save percentage. The Stampede did have a little luck against him earlier this year, posting five goals in two games against the University of Nebraska-Omaha recruit.
Tri-City also boasts one of the top defensive players in the league in Ronnie Attard who is having a record setting year. He leads the team in scoring with 45 points (22g, 23a) in 35 games this season. He has already set the USHL record for most goals by a defenseman and the Storm still have 15 games remaining in the regular season. Their strong defensive play also has them as the top penalty kill unit in the league at 88.7%.
UP NEXT: The Stampede return home tomorrow night to close out their two-game series with Tri-City at 7:05 PM. It is also Special Olympics of South Dakota Night, presented by Modern Woodmen of America. Fans can bid on different sports and entertainment packages just outside Club Cambria before and during the game. For a list of packages up for bid, visit sfstampede.com/specialolympics