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Herd in Omaha for Friday night showcase

By Jim Olander, 03/15/19, 12:45PM CDT

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Puck drop scheduled for 7:35 p.m.

GAME DAY AT OMAHA (3-15-19)

WHO: Stampede (32-13-5) at Omaha (22-21-8)

WHEN: Tonight (Friday) 7:35 PM

WHERE: Ralston 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 Omaha Lancers for the third time this season. The Herd are 3-0-0 against the Lancers, but two of the three games have been decided by overtime or a shootout. These two teams will meet again on March 24th in Omaha for the final time during the regular season.   

STAMPEDE UPDATE:  The Stampede are coming off a three-point weekend. On Friday, the Herd rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Chicago Steel 7-4 in Geneva, IL. Jared Wescott scored twice in the victory for the Herd. On Saturday, the Herd once again rallied from a two-goal deficit to force overtime against Waterloo at Young Arena, but fell in overtime, 4-3.

The Stampede enter tonight’s contest tied with Waterloo for second place in the Western Conference with 12 games remaining in the regular season. The top two teams in each conference receive first round byes while the #3 and #4 seeds will host all three games of a first round best-of-three series. 

Sioux Falls enters tonight 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and are 24-6-3 since December 1st, one of the best records in the USHL. Tonight, should be a tough test for the Herd who are not only playing one of the hottest teams in the USHL, but in a building they have historically struggled in. The Herd are just 2-5-0 in their last seven games at Ralston Arena.

LANCERS UPDATE: The Lancers enter tonight having won four straight games, including a weekend sweep up in Fargo against the Force last weekend. On Friday, Akira Schmid stopped all 37 shots faced in a 1-0 victory and Saturday the Lancers squeaked out a 3-2 regulation win to complete the sweep.    

On January 11th, the Lancers had just eight wins on the season and sat in last place in the Western Conference. Since that time, the Lancers have gone 14-3-4 and moved into the sixth and final playoff spot in the West. They lead seventh place Sioux City by a point and trail fifth place Fargo by six points. Akira Schmid is 9-3-2 with a 1.75 GAA and a .941 save percentage since January 12th. Jaxon Nelson leads the team in scoring with 31 points (13g, 18a) in 43 games.

After tonight’s game, the Lancers will start preparing from some road trips to close out the year with seven of their last 10 games away from home.

UP NEXT:  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 that you can win through a raffle. Tickets are on sale now through the KELOLAND Box Office at the PREMIER Center.  


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