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Stampede and Storm close out weekend series

By Jim Olander, 03/02/19, 12:15AM CST


Herd looking to continue home magic against best in the West


WHO: Stampede (30-12-4) vs Tri-City (35-10-3)

WHEN: Tonight (Saturday) 7:05 PM


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TONIGHT’S GAME:   The Stampede face the Tri-City Storm in the second game of their weekend series. Sioux Falls took the series opener, 4-1, last night. Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the two teams with Tri-City holding a 2-1-0 series edge.  

LAST NIGHT:  The Stampede used a three-goal second period to propel them to a 4-1 victory over the Storm in the series opener. It marked the 9th straight home victory for the Herd who improved to 30-12-4 on the season.

After a scoreless first period, the Herd led 3-1 after two. Ethan Phillips led the way with a goal and an assist while Austen Swankler, Sam Stevens and Jami Krannila also tallied goals in the win. Alec Calvaruso earned the win in goal with 18 saves on the night. Brendan Budy tallied a goal for the Storm who were 6-0-1 in their last seven games prior to Friday night.

STAMPEDE UPDATE: Since falling 7-3 at Tri-City on November 30th, the Stampede have gone 22-5-2 and have won 14 of their last 15 games on home ice. The Herd have one of the best home records in the league at 18-3-1 at the PREMIER Center.

After tonight’s contest, the Stampede will play four straight and six of their next eight games on the road.

STORM UPDATE: Despite the loss last night, the Storm still hold a seven point lead on Waterloo and a nine point lead on the Stampede for first place in the Western Conference. A win over overtime/shootout loss by the Storm tonight would clinch a spot in the Clark Cup Playoffs for the Storm for the second year in a row. Tri-City enters tonight as the top defensive team in the league, allowing just 2.33 goals per-game this season. Their penalty kill is tops in the league at 88.3%.

The Storm fell behind last night, but have been a tough team to beat when they get a lead. Tri-City is 26-2-1 when scoring first and a perfect 28-0-0 when leading after two periods this season.

UP NEXT:  The Stampede head on the road tomorrow to face the Sioux City Musketeers at 3:05 PM at the Tyson Events Center. Fans can catch all the action live on KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM and starting at 2:40 PM. The Herd return home on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) for a 5:05 PM game against the Fargo Force. Players will be wearing special St. Patrick’s Day themed jerseys. Tickets are on sale now through the KELOLAND Box Office at the PREMIER Center.