WHO: Stampede (39-16-7) vs Chicago (37-21-4)
WHAT: Game 2 of Clark Cup Final (SF leads 2-0)
WHEN: Tonight (Saturday) 5:05 PM
WHERE: PREMIER Center
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PROMO: Free rally towel for the first 4,000 fans, courtesy Dental Solutions
RADIO: KELO 1320-AM, 105.1-FM or click here to listen live
VIDEO: HockeyTV: Click here
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Stampede face the Chicago Steel in Game 2 of the Clark Cup Final. The Stampede took Game 1 of the series, topping the Steel 3-2 on Friday night at the PREMIER Center.
TAILGATE PARTY: Join us before the game for a tailgate party that will take place outside the Birdcage from 3-4:30 PM. Fans can get a hot dog, chips and drink for just $5. There will also be music, inflatables and lawn games. There is no cost to attend the event!
GAME 1 RECAP: The Stampede grabbed the first game of the series for the fourth straight playoff series after holding off the Steel 3-2 in Game 1. After a scoreless first period, the Stampede scored twice in the second period to take a 2-0 lead. Carl Berglund gave Sioux Falls a 1-0 lead just 51 seconds into the period when he wristed a shot past Justin Robbins. The Herd extended their lead at 6:37 when Andre Lee notched his fifth of the playoffs. Chicago responded at 11:04 when Josiah Slavin wristed a shot into the upper right-hand corner of the net to make it a 2-1 game.
The Steel would tie things up 2:32 into the third when John Spetz one-timed a pass at the left point into the upper right-hand corner of the net to make it 2-2. Just as it appeared the game might be headed for overtime, the Herd regained the lead with 5:01 remaining in regulation when Brian Chambers found Jared Westcott inside the left circle and Westcott blasted a shot into the net for 3-2 advantage. The Steel went on a power play late and pulled their goaltender, but couldn’t get the tying goal.
Jaxson Stauber earned his ninth win of the playoffs by stopping 20 of 22 shots in goal for the Herd who have won the first game in each of their four playoff series.
STAMPEDE UPDATE: The Stampede won eight playoff games to get to the Clark Cup Final. Sioux Falls swept the Sioux City Musketeers 2-0 in the first round then took down Waterloo in four games (3-1) in the Conference Final before upsetting the Anderson Cup champion Tri-City Storm in three games (3-0) in the Conference Final.
Sioux Falls shocked the Storm by taking Games 1 and 2 of the series in Kearney. The Herd blanked one of the top offensive teams in the league 3-0 in Game 1 and then posted a 4-1 victory in Game 2 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. The series then shifted to Sioux Falls for Game 3 last Friday night. The Herd grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Austen Swankler and Jami Krannila. It remained that way until the third period when the Storm caught fire and scored back-to-back goals to tie the game. Just as the game appeared it was headed to overtime, Ryan Johnson sent a pass from behind the net onto the goal where Brian Chambers knocked it in with just 51 seconds remaining to send all 6,689 fans into a frenzy. Jaxson Stauber stopped 28 of 30 shots in goal to improve to 8-1 during this postseason win.
Max Crozier leads the team in scoring with 10 points (3g, 7a) in the playoffs. Andre Lee ranks second on the team with eight points (5g, 3a). A total of 19 players on the roster have tallied at least a point during the postseason. Jaxson Stauber holds an 9-1 record with a 1.53 GAA and a .940 save percentage.
STEEL UPDATE: The Steel finished second in the East during the regular season and received a first-round bye before topping the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in four games (3-1) in the second round and then upset top seeded Muskegon in four games (3-1) to reach the Clark Cup Final. In game 1 of their series, the Steel scored in the final seconds of regulation to tie the game and then won in overtime. After falling in Game 2, they rebounded for a 4-1 win in Game 3 and then took the series in Game 4 by topping the Lumberjacks 3-2 in overtime.
The Steel have tallied a league high 32 goals in just eight playoff games thus far. Nick Abruzzese and Robert Mastrosimone have been hot, posting 13 points each so far in the postseason. Matteo Pietroniro and Gunnarwolfe Fontaine have nine and eight points respectively. In goal, Justin Robbins has caught fire and is 6-1 with a 2.39 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Both the Stampede and the Steel have advanced to the Final despite not having great numbers on special teams. The Steel’s powerplay is clicking at 15.2% while the Stampede powerplay is a just 11.5%. The Stampede penalty kill is at 81.4% while the Steel penalty kill is at 75.9%.
FAN BUS: The Stampede are putting together a fan bus trip to Chicago for Game 3 and, if necessary, Game 4 of the Clark Cup Final. The bus will leave at 7 AM sharp from Sioux Falls Stadium on Friday, May 17th and return home after the game on Saturday, May 18th.
The cost of the trip is $240 for a single room (per person) and $200 for two beds (per person). The cost includes a seat on the bus, an overnight stay in Geneva (close to the Chicago Steel rink) and a ticket to both Games 3 and 4 at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Call 336-6060 to reserve your spot.
UP NEXT: The series will now shift to Chicago next weekend. Game 3 of the series takes place Friday at Fox Valley Ice Arena at 7:05 PM. If necessary, Game 4 would be Saturday night at 7:05 PM. Should there be a Game 5, the series will return to Sioux Falls on Tuesday, May 21st. Details on a watch party will be made available in the coming days. All games can be heard on KELO 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM and KELO.com.