OMAHA, Neb. – The Sioux Falls Stampede kicked off 2019 exhibition play with a pair of victories in the I-80 Showcase at Ralston Arena in Omaha against Des Moines and Lincoln over the weekend.
Veteran forward Ryan Sullivan opened up the scoring on Saturday on a feed in front of the net from Garrett Pinoniemi (PEE-no-knee-me) on the power play.
Des Moines answered with a goal of their own to finish off the first period and two more quick goals to open the second and take a 3-1 lead. 16-year-old forward and recent Boston College commit Cam MacDonald found the back of the net off a pass from defenseman Evan Nause (NAHS) to conclude the second.
Buccaneer forward Jonathan Panisa opened the third frame with a goal, but the Stampede battled back with goals from Luke Weilandt (WHY-lant) and Pinoniemi to tie the game at the end of regulation.
With a scoreless overtime, Pinoniemi scored in the shootout to give the Herd a victory over the Buccaneers. Forward Jakub Lewandowski (YAH-cub LEHV-en-DAHV-ski) scored a goal in the shootout for Sioux Falls as well.
Goaltenders Kyle McClellan and Nate Reid played in net, combining for 30 saves on 34 shots.
On Sunday afternoon, the Stampede faced off with the Lincoln Stars and, again, delivered the first goal of the game after a scoreless first period. Forward Brian Carrabes (CUH-rah-bes) broke away down the ice and scored an unassisted goal for the lead. Lincoln's Josh Lopina answered back to end the period tied at one.
Both defenses held strong in the third period, but Sullivan scored with four minutes minutes remaining in regulation and forward Austin Heidemann had an empty-net goal to give the Herd the victory.
Goaltender Grant Adams stopped 21 of 22 shots in net for the Stampede.
Preseason play continues this weekend at the SCHEELS IcePlex in Sioux Falls as the Herd battle the Fargo Force with a 7 p.m. puck drop. The game will be free to all season ticket holders and $10.00 at the door for all other patrons.