Sioux Falls, SD—Coming off one of the biggest wins of the season Tuesday night in Waterloo, the Stampede came up with a rather disappointing performance Friday night at home versus Fargo. The Force scored three times in the third period to top the Stampede 4-1 before 5,823 fans at the PREMIER Center. The loss dropped the Herd into third place, two points behind Waterloo who defeated Muskegon 5-3. Sioux Falls lost for just the fifth time this season in regulation at home and are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games overall. The Herd still took the season series against the Force, going 5-3-2. Andre Lee tallied the only goal of the game for the Herd while Alec Calvaruso stopped 20 of 23 shots in goal.
The Stampede came out firing in the first three minutes, but couldn’t convert against Fargo goaltender Ryan Bischel. The rest of the period was back-and-forth and scoreless until the 18:46 when Ethan Frisch circled behind the net and wristed a shot towards the goal that deflected off a Stampede leg and bounced into the net. Fargo outshot the Herd 10-6 in the period.
Sioux Falls picked things up in the second period and were able to get on the board at 10:57 of the period when Andre Lee tallied his 17th of the season. Blake Bride and Sam Stevens worked to get Lee the puck in front of the Fargo net where Lee faked on his forehand and switched to his backhand to put the puck into the net to tie the game 1-1. Sioux Falls outshot Fargo 14-6 in the period.
It remained tied until the midway point of the third when the Stampede went on the power play, but it was the Fargo Force taking advantage of things. Fargo chipped the puck into the Stampede zone and Hank Crone beat the Herd defense to the puck, quickly flipping it into the slot to an open Ben Meyers who tallied his 11th goal and 18th point this season against the Herd to give Fargo a 2-1 edge. Sioux Falls was unable to convert on the rest of the power play and ended up taking a penalty of their own late in the game. Just as it look as though the Herd would survive as the penalty expired, Fargo extended their lead at 18:26 when Meyers sent a puck in front of the Stampede net that was tipped by Crone for a 3-1 lead. Fargo would add an empty net as time expired to take the game, 4-1.
Sioux Falls outshot Fargo 25-24 in the game and finished the night 0-for-2 on the power play while Fargo was 0-for-3.
The Herd return to action Saturday when they host Cedar Rapids on Southeast 605 Chapter of Credit Unions Night at 7:05 PM. Tickets are available through the KELOLAND Box Office or Ticketmaster. The Stampede office will be open from 12-4 PM tomorrow for all your ticketing needs.