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Stampede battle for second in Waterloo tonight

By Jim Olander, 03/08/19, 11:45PM CST


Herd and Hawks battle for first round bye


WHO: Stampede (32-13-4) at Waterloo (31-14-5)

WHEN: Tonight (Saturday) 7:05 PM

WHERE: Young Arena

RADIO: KELO 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM or click here to listen live

VIDEO: HockeyTV: Click here  

TONIGHT’S GAME:   The Stampede face the Waterloo Black Hawks for the fifth time this season. The Herd are 3-1-0 against the Hawks this season, including a 5-2 victory at Waterloo on February 9th. Sioux Falls enters tonight one point ahead of the Black Hawks for second place in the West with a game in hand. The top two teams in the conference receive byes to the second round of the Clark Cup Playoffs. The Herd and the Hawks square off one more time, March 26th, in Waterloo.  

STAMPEDE UPDATE:  The Stampede scored six unanswered goals in a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Steel. The Herd trailed 2-0 just 7:35 into the game, but scored a power play goal with three minutes remaining in the period to get on the board. The Herd followed that up with a five-goal second period to take a 6-2 lead into the locker room. Jared Westcott tallied two goals in the victory while Artem Ivanyuzhenkov posted a goal and three assists in the victory.  

Sioux Falls is 24-6-2 since December 1st and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. The Herd’s balanced scoring attack has been consistent all season. The club doesn’t have one player in the top 20 in the USHL in scoring, but have 14 players with 19 points or more on the season. Artem Ivanyuzhenkov leads the team in scoring with 43 points (23g, 20a) in 46 games. Brian Chambers leads the Stampede in scoring against the Hawks with seven points while Ivanyuzhenkov has six points against the Hawks this season.

BLACK HAWKS UPDATE: The Black Hawks earned a point in a 5-4 overtime loss at home to Des Moines last night. The Hawks led 3-1 with five minutes remaining in the second period, but the Bucs tallied two goals 20 seconds apart late in the period to tie the game. The Bucs took the lead midway through the third, but Mason Palmer tied the game at 13:38 to force overtime. The Hawks have now dropped back-to-back games after winning three straight and are now 4-4-1 since winning eight straight games in mid-January to early February.   

The Hawks will look to use their home ice to their advantage tonight, entering with a 16-5-3 record at Young Arena. The Black Hawks have the top power play in the league, clicking at 25.6% entering tonight’s contest.

Waterloo is led by Matej Blumel who has posted 54 points (28g, 26a), sixth most in the USHL. Emil Ohrvall is second with 49 and Vladislav Firstov is third with 48. Ohrvall has five points against the Herd while Blumel has tallied four points against the Stampede this season.  

UP NEXT:  The Stampede head to Omaha on Friday to face the Lancers at 7:35 PM. Fans can catch all the action on KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM and starting at 7:10 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.