Sioux City, IA—The Sioux Falls Stampede scored three times on the power play and once shorthanded to down the Sioux City Musketeers 5-2 Sunday afternoon at the Tyson Events Center. The Stampede improved to 31-13-4 on the year and moved into a tie for second place with Waterloo in the Western Conference. Five different players tallied goals in the game as the Herd put up a season high 48 shots on goal in the victory. The Stampede are now 23-6-2 since December 1st and now have an eight point lead over fourth place Fargo.
Any worries the Stampede might come out a little sluggish after two tough games against Tri-City were put to rest early as the Herd came ready to play. Jared Westcott got the Herd on the board just 3:07 into the game when Blake Bride sent a pass in front of the net and Westcott tucked the puck under the right arm of Musketeers goaltender Jake Sibell for a 1-0 lead. Six minutes later the Herd were on the power play and they cashed in on Austen Swankler’s ninth goal of the season. Swankler took a pass at the top of the right circle and skated inside before wristing a shot right under the crossbar for a 2-0 advantage.
The Herd found themselves on the penalty kill later in the period, but they would be the ones taking advantage. Ryan Sullivan sent a pass to a streaking Sam Stevens at the Musketeers blue line and Stevens broke in on a breakaway, scoring on a backhand shot and a 3-0 lead. That would send Sibell on to the bench and Ben Kraws into the goal for Sioux City. The Herd outshot the Musketeers 17-4 in the period.
In the second the Musketeers got on the board just 90 seconds in when Ian Malcolmson broke in down the right-wing boards and ripped a shot past the glove side of Jaxson Stauber to make it a 3-1 game. It remained that way until 9:01 of the period when Sioux Falls struck on the power play again, this time off the stick of Jami Krannila who blasted his 16th goal of the season to regain the three-goal edge at 4-1. Sioux City wouldn’t go down easily though and battled back to pull within two at the 14:07 mark when Matthew Miller knocked home a loose rebound in front of the Stampede net and it was 4-2 at the end of two periods. Sioux Falls outshot Sioux City 18-10 in the period.
The Musketeers were hoping to gain some momentum in the third, but the Stampede kept pressing and never let Sioux City get back into the game. The Herd were able to put the game away for good at 8:46 when Anthony Romano tallied is 18th goal of the season with a power play tally. Logan Britt sent a pass to the top of the right circle to Romano who blasted a shot into the back of the net for a 5-2 advantage.
The Herd outshot Sioux City 13-3 in the period and 48-17 in the game while going 3-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.
Sioux Falls returns to action this Friday when they travel to the windy city to face the Chicago Steel at 7:05 PM. Fans can catch all the action on KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM and KELO.com starting at 6:40 PM.