Your Game Day Essentials
Who: Sioux Falls Stampede (2-6-1) at Omaha Lancers (3-6-2)
Puck drop: Saturday, November 2 at 7:05 p.m. CT
Where: Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska
Watch: HockeyTV.com with paid subscription
Listen: KELO 107.9 FM, 1320 AM
The Sioux Falls Stampede match up with Western Conference foe, the Omaha Lancers, for their first meeting of the 2019-20 season. The Lancers are currently in sixth place in the conference, while the Stampede are in eighth.
For the Herd
The Herd is coming off back-to-back losses at the PREMIER Center to the Muskegon Lumberjacks. After taking a 2-1 lead into the third period last Friday night, Muskegon scored two quick goals to put the Stampede down before an empty net goal sealed the defeat on Pink in the Rink Night. The following evening, the Stampede allowed four goals in the first period, sending goaltender Grant Adams to the bench, in favor of Nate Reid. Tyler Coffey scored the only goal for the Stampede, his third of the season, in a 6-1 loss.
Forward Brian Carrabes continues to lead the team in points, with eight from three goals and five assists in eight games. The team-leading goal scorer, Polish forward Jakub Lewandowski, had a quiet weekend, failing to register a point. Grant Adams started both games and is currently 1-4-1 between the pipes, holding a 3.42 goals-against average and .904 save-percentage.
The Herd will follow up tonight’s game with another standalone game a week from now against the Lincoln Stars at the Ice Box in Lincoln, Nebraska, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:05 p.m. CT.
For the Foe
The Omaha Lancers are coming off a 2-1 road loss to the Dubuque Fighting Saints last night at Mystique Ice Arena in Dubuque. All the scoring happened in the first period, with defenseman Christian Berger getting the lone goal for the road team. Goaltender Jacob Dobes made his second career USHL start in net, stopping 24 of 26 shots in the loss. Dobes has a 2.44 goals-against average and .894 save-percentage to start the season.
Omaha is led by rookie forward Alexander Campbell who has five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 11 games played this season. On the defensive side, Berger is the second-highest scoring skater with two goals and five assists for seven points in 11 games. Between the pipes, Akira Schmid, who was one of the league’s top performing goaltenders the second half of last season, is 2-2-1 on the new campaign, with a 3.01 goals-against average and .891 save-percentage.
The Lancers are 0-2-1 in their last three games. Eight of their 11 games played so far this season have been decided by one goal. Their power play is operating at 10.5%, ranked 12th, and 70% on the penalty kill, the worst in the league.