Your Game Day Essentials
Who: Sioux Falls Stampede (2-4-1) vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks (4-4-0)
Puck drop: Friday, October 25 at 7:05 p.m. CT
Where: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, North Dakota
Promotion: Pink in the Rink, presented by Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital. The first 500 ladies 18-and-older will receive a free clear clutch purse compliments of Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital.
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The Sioux Falls Stampede take on with Eastern Conference foe the Muskegon Lumberjacks for the first of a back-to-back, two-game series. The Lumberjacks are currently in sixth place with eight points, on a four-game winning streak, and the Stampede are in eighth place with five points in the Western Conference standings. The two teams will matchup again tomorrow night at the PREMIER Center, with a 7 p.m. puck drop. Tonight is the annual Pink in the Rink, presented by Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, where the ice is dyed pink and the players wear special jersey to promote awareness of breast cancer research. The Stampede will honor breast cancer survivors with a special pregame puck drop and fans will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a game-worn, pink jersey and meet their player on the ice after the game. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
For the Herd
The Herd is coming off a strong 1-0-1 weekend road trip, with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Fargo Force and a 2-1 victory at Tri-City Storm. The Herd battled back, down 3-1 at the beginning of the third period in Fargo, to earn a crucial point in overtime, after a four game losing streak to start the season. The Herd then traveled to Kearney, Neb. for a Friday night matchup with the reigning Anderson Cup champion Storm. Jakub Lewandowski scored his fourth goal of the season to tie the game up in the second, while Tommy Lyons scored his second-consecutive goal in as many nights to to take the lead. The struggling special teams unit held off two late penalty kills to secure the victory.
The Stampede are led by Boston University commit Brian Carrabes who has eight points from three goals and five assists in six games. Lewandowksi stands as the highest goal scorer with four. Grant Adams is currently 1-2-1 between the pipes, holding a 2.75 GAA and .923 save percentage.
The Herd will follow up this weekend series with a standalone-game road trip to Omaha Lancers, who are currently 3-4-1 on the young season, on Saturday, Nov. 2. Then waiting a week for another standalone, road game against the Lincoln Stars on Saturday, Nov. 2.
For the Foe
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are currently on four-game winning streak after breaking a four-game losing streak to start the season. Last weekend the Lumberjacks matched up on the road with the Chicago Steel, defeating the defending Eastern Conference champions, 5-3, and came home to defeat the Green Bay Gamblers 3-2.
The Lumberjacks are led by veteran forward Oliver MacDonald who leads the team with ten points off eight goals and two assists in eight games. MacDonald had a four-goal night against the NTDP U17 team on October 11. Between the pipes, Muskegon is anchored by Noah Giesbrecht who has a 3-3-0 record in six games and 3.16 GAA and .900 save percentage.
The Lumberjacks will head back home for a five-game homestand to begin the month of November, taking on Waterloo, Youngstown and a pair of games against the Gamblers.