WHO: Stampede (32-13-6) vs Fargo (27-21-4)
WHEN: Tonight (Sunday) 5:05 PM
WHERE: PREMIER Center
PROMO: St. Patrick’s Day and post-game skate
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 face the Fargo Force for the eighth time this season. Sioux Falls holds a 5-2-1 mark against Fargo this season. The Herd and Force will meet again on March 29th inside the PREMIER Center for the final time during the regular season.
STAMPEDE UPDATE: The Stampede rallied to earn a point Friday night in Omaha. Trailing 2-1 late in the game, Max Crozier tallied the game tying goal with just 18 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. The Lancers would score off a turnover in the extra session to earn the bonus point. The Herd have now earned at least a point in four straight and eight of their last nine games.
Sioux Falls enters tonight 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and are 24-6-4 since December 1st, one of the best records in the USHL. Including tonight, just 11 games remain in the regular season. The Herd will return home on Saturday to face Sioux City and will play seven of their last 11 games at the friendly confines of the PREMIER Center where they are 18-4-1 this season.
FORCE UPDATE: Fargo is coming off a tough 5-2 loss last night at home to the Waterloo Black Hawks. The Force led 2-1 in the second period, but Waterloo tallied four unanswered goals to take the game 5-2. Ben Meyers and Aaron Huglen recorded the goals for the Force while Ryan Bischel stopped 24 of 28 shots in goal.
Fargo enters tonight having lost four straight games in which they have been outscored 12-5. Since winning six straight games in February, the Force are 2-6-0. Fargo enters tonight with a four point lead over Omaha for the fifth seed and trail fourth seeded Des Moines by seven points with two games in hand.
MAGIC NUMBER: A win tonight for the Herd and they will clinch a berth in the 2019 Clark Cup Playoffs which begin the week of April 14th.
JERSEY RAFFLE: Players are wearing special St. Patrick’s Day themed jerseys tonight. Fans have a chance to win one through a raffle to benefit the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. Half of the jerseys will be raffled off during the first intermission with the rest of the jerseys being raffled off after the second. Winners will have a chance to meet the player on the ice right after the game.
POST-GAME SKATE: Fans can bring their skates to the game tonight and take part in a 30-minute post-game skating party. For non-skating fans, several players will be available off-ice to sign autographs as well. As a reminder, the PREMIER Center do not offer skate rentals so please bring your own.
UP NEXT: The Herd return home on Saturday to host Sioux City at 7:05 PM. It is also Stomp’s Birthday Bash, presented by Dental Solutions. The first 1,000 fans will take home a limited-edition Stomp puck. Fans will have a chance to meet Stomp and get a photo with him during the game. Don’t miss the cake smash during the first intermission and several of Stomp’s friends will be on hand to celebrate. Tickets are on sale now through the KELOLAND Box Office at the PREMIER Center.