WHO: Stampede (39-16-7) vs Musketeers (30-25-7)
WHAT: Game 1 of first round series
WHEN: Tonight (Tuesday) 7:05 PM
WHERE: PREMIER Center
PROMO: Pre-Game party at the Birdcage (5:30-7 PM)
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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 opener their best-of-three first round series against the Sioux City Musketeers. Tonight marks the first time since the 2014-15 season that these two rivals have met in the postseason. Sioux Falls upset the #1 seeded Musketeers that year in five games on their way to their second Clark Cup title. The Stampede went 7-0-1 against the Musketeers during the regular season this year.
PRE-GAME PARTY: Stop by the Birdcage before the game from 5-6:30 PM for inflatables and lawn games while mingling with members of Stampede Country before heading over to the game.
STAMPEDE UPDATE: The Stampede closed out the regular season last Saturday with a 7-0 thumping of the Des Moines Buccaneers. Jaxson Stauber stopped all 16 shots faced for his first career USHL shutout. Sioux Falls finished the regular season with 39 wins, fourth all-time in franchise history. Their 85 points were third most by any Stampede team and their 23 home wins were the most by any team in the PREMEIR Center and second all-time.
The Stampede enter the playoffs having won five of their last six games and going 7-3-0 over their last 10 games. The Herd went 3-6-0 during the month of November, but finished the season going 31-9-5, one of the best records in all of the USHL.
The Stampede were led in the regular season by Artem Ivanyuzhenkov who tallied 50 points (26g, 24a) in 59 games. The Russian forward has 50 goals in his two seasons in Sioux Falls putting him in the top 10 all-time of Stampede goal scorers. Anthony Romano was second with 47 points while Cade Borchardt had 46 points on the season. The Herd’s depth carried them during the regular season with 15 players who posted 20 or more points on the year. In goal, Jaxson Stauber won back-to-back starts to close out the regular season and went 3-1-0 with a 1.39 GAA and a .925 save percentage over his last four starts of the season.
MUSKETEERS UPDATE: The Musketeers were sitting out of the playoff race after losing 5-1 at Tri-City on March 9th. Sioux City got healthy though and went 8-2-0 over their next 10 games to pull past Omaha and secure the sixth and final seed. The Musketeers are coming off back-to-back losses to close out the regular season, but neither of those games matter in the standings for Sioux City who had already secured the number six seed by then.
The Musketeers have some big weapons offensively. Bobby Brink was one of the best forwards in the league all season and finished fourth in the league in scoring with 68 points (35g, 33a) while Martin Pospisil posted 63 points (16g, 47a) in just 44 games during the season. They are also home to one of the defensemen in the league in Luke Johnson who has posted 26 points (3g, 23a) in 38 games. In goal, Ben Kraws has led the way going 24-16-6 with a 2.92 GAA and a .895 save percentage.
UP NEXT: Game 2 of this best-of-three series is back at the PREMIER Center Wednesday night at 7:05 PM. Tickets are on sale now through the PREMIER Center or Ticketmaster. Should their be a game 3, it would take place on Thursday and tickets for that game will go on sale immediately following Game 2 on Wednesday night.