WHO: Stampede (39-16-7) at Waterloo (39-16-7)
WHAT: Game 2 of Western Conference Semi-Finals (SF leads 1-0)
WHEN: Tonight (Saturday) 7:05 PM
WHERE: Young Arena
RADIO: KELO 1320-AM, 105.1-FM or click here to listen live
VIDEO: HockeyTV: Click here
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Stampede face Waterloo in Game 2 of their best-of-five Western Conference Semi-Final series. The Stampede took Game 1 last night, 3-2 in overtime.
LAST NIGHT: Less than 48 hours after playing a four-overtime thriller at the PREMIER Center, the Stampede kicked off their Western Conference Semi-Final series against Waterloo with another OT thriller. Sam Stevens goal with just 30 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Herd to a 3-2, come-from-behind, victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks in Game 1 on Friday night at Young Arena. Including the nearly five overtimes the Stampede have played, Sioux Falls has played the equivalent of four games in four days.
Matt Kessel and Max Crozier tallied the Stampede’s regulation goals while Jaxson Stauber put together a stellar performance, stopping 35 of 37 shots in goal for his third straight playoff win. The Stampede trailed the Black Hawks 2-1 entering the third period, but rallied for the third time this season at Young Arena to earn the victory.
Waterloo got goals from Matej Blumel and Griffen Ness in the second period while Evan Fear played well in between the pipes, stopping 31 of 34 shots on the night.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: The Stampede and Black Hawks finished with identical records during the regular season, but the Black Hawks earned the bye with more regulation and overtime wins (38 vs 36). Sioux Falls took the season series against the Hawks, going 4-1-1, including a 2-0-1 mark at Young Arena.
The Herd will keep an eye on Emil Ohrvall who tallied 10 points (8g, 2a) in six games against the Stampede during the regular season. He led the Hawks in scoring during the regular season with 63 points, Matej Blumel was second with 60 points. In goal, Evan Fear faced the Stampede just once, allowing four goals in a shootout loss. He played the last two games of the regular season for the Black Hawks and went 9-2-3 with a 2.13 GAA and a .925 save percentage in 14 games with Waterloo this season.
For Sioux Falls, Brian Chambers recorded eight points (3g, 5a) in six games while Cade Borchardt, Ethan Phillips and Artem Ivanyuzhenkov all tallied seven points against the Hawks during the regular season. Ethan Phillips (1g, 3a) and Max Crozier (4a) lead the Stampede in playoff scoring with four points each.
UP NEXT: The series will shift to Sioux Falls for Game 3 on Tuesday and, if necessary, Game 4 on Wednesday. Tickets for Game 3 are on sale now through the PREMIER Center or Ticketmaster. For more information, contact the Stampede at 336-6060.