WHO: Stampede (39-16-7) at Tri-City (45-12-5)
WHAT: Game 2 of Western Conference Final (SF leads 1-0)
WHEN: Tonight (Wednesday) 7:05 PM
WHERE: Viaero Center
PROMO: Watch Party at Buffalo Wild Wings (S. Louise & East side locations)
RADIO: KELO 1320-AM, 105.1-FM or click here to listen live
VIDEO: HockeyTV: Click here
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Stampede face Tri-City in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final. The Stampede grabbed Game 1 of the series with a 3-0 victory last night at the Viaero Center.
VIEWING PARTY: Catch all the action of tonight’s game at Buffalo Wild Wings at either their South Louise or East side location (640 S. Highline Place) starting at 7 PM. Catch the game on all the TV big screens as the Herd battle Tri-City in the Western Conference Final.
GAME 1 RECAP: The Stampede scored twice in the second period and once in the third period to top Tri-City by a score of 3-0 on Tuesday night. Blake Bride, Andre Lee and Cade Borchardt all scored goals while Jaxson Stauber stopped all 24 shots faced to earn the shutout in goal. The Stampede have now won the first game of the series in all three playoff series this postseason.
After a scoreless first period, the Stampede got on the board in the second when Blake Bride scored at 6:32. Minutes later the Stampede went on a power play and converted when Jami Krannila found Lee open in front of the net and he quickly turned and fired the puck under the crossbar for a 2-0 lead. Tri-City pushed in the third to try and get on the board, but Stauber was outstanding between the pipes and the Herd sealed the game when Cade Borchardt scored with under five minutes remaining in regulation.
Stauber became the first goaltender since Charlie Lindgren in 2013 to earn a shutout in goal for a playoff game. Lindgren blanked the Lincoln Stars 2-0 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals in 2013. Stauber is 6-1 so far during the postseason.
STAMPEDE UPDATE: The Stampede enter the Western Conference Final after defeating Sioux City in the first round (2-0) and Waterloo in the second round (3-1). The Herd are coming off a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over the Black Hawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semi-Final last Wednesday at the PREMIER Center.
The Herd trailed the Hawks 1-0 with less than five minutes to go before in regulation when Max Crozier scored on a 5-on-3 power play to tie the game and force overtime. Just over eight minutes into overtime the Stampede won the game when Brian Chambers scored from the right-wing corner of the net and threw the puck on net that hit the shoulder of Waterloo goaltender Evan Fear and into the net to send the Stampede into the conference final for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
Max Crozier leads the team in playoff scoring with seven points (2g, 5a) while 17 players on the roster have tallied at least a point so far in the postseason. Jaxson Stauber his 5-1 in the postseason with a 1.70 GAA and a .932 save percentage.
STORM UPDATE: The TrI-City Storm enter the conference final after receiving a first-round bye and then sweeping the Des Moines Buccaneers in three games in the second round.
The Storm won the Anderson Cup for the best record in the regular season and showed that they are poised to make another Clark Cup title run by dismantling the Des Moines Buccaneers in three games. Having not played a real meaningful game in several weeks, the Storm sure didn’t look sluggish to start their postseason run, rolling over Des Moines 8-3 in Game 1. They followed that up with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Bucs in Game 2 and then rolled over Des Moines at Buccaneers Arena, 5-1.
Shane Pinto has been on fire to start the playoffs, posting eight points (3g, 5a) while Brendan Furry has four goals in just three games. The Storm are home to the USHL Defenseman of the Year and USHL Player of the Year in Ronnie Attard who put up amazing numbers as a defenseman. He led the team in scoring with 65 points (30g, 35a) in just 48 games during the regular season. Shane Pinto was second with 59 points (28g, 31a) and 27 points in 26 games with Tri-City after coming over from Lincoln in a trade.
UP NEXT: The series will now shift to Sioux Falls for Game 3 on Friday night and, if necessary, Game 4 on Saturday night. A tailgate party will take place outside the Birdcage from 5-6:30 PM with puck drop at 7:05 PM. The first 2,000 fans will receive a free Stampede playoff rally towel, compliments of Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital and the Orthopedic Institute. Tickets are on sale now through the Stampede office at 336-6060 or the PREMIER Center.