Your Game Day Essentials
Who: Sioux Falls Stampede (5-11-2) vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints (13-3-1)
Puck drop: Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 7:05 p.m. CT
Where: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Watch: HockeyTV.com with paid subscription
Listen: KELO 107.9 FM, 1320 AM
BiteSquad Teddy Bear Toss Night
Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently used stuffed animal to toss onto the ice when the Stampede score. Collected stuffed animals will be donated to locate charities during the holiday season.
The Sioux Falls Stampede (5-11-2) finish the Thanksgiving holiday week with an Eastern Conference matchup with the Dubuque Fighting Saints (11-3-1) at the PREMIER Center. The first of two matchups this season between the two teams. Sioux Falls will visit Dubuque on Feb. 29. The Herd is coming off a 4-2 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers last night, while the Fighting Saints were in Fargo losing to the Force 5-3. The Stampede are in eighth in the Western Conference with 12 points and Dubuque is in second in the Eastern Conference with 27 points.
For the Herd
The Herd is coming off a 4-2 victory last night at the PREMIER Center over the Sioux City Musketeers. Four different players scored in the contest and the Stampede have now won two games in a row, the first winning streak of the season.
Sioux City game out of the gates out pacing the Herd, getting eight shots on net before the home. One of those shots beat goaltender Jaxson Stauber for the early 1-0 lead for the visiting rival five minutes into the period. The Herd was able to get a goal back in the closing minutes of the first period as Will Dineen found Isaac Hankemeyer-Howe alone in front of goaltender Ethan Haider for a beautiful stick-handling goal.
Two minutes into the second period defenseman Evan Nause deliver a puck to the net that was redirected by Jared Westcott under the five-hole of Haider for the 2-1 lead. Musketeer forward Anthony Kehrer found the back of the net 10 minutes lead to tie the game back up at two apiece. However, it was Nause again delivering a puck from the blue line that snuck over the shoulder of Haider to regain the lead :40 seconds left in the period.
Both teams fought hard in the third period to keep the puck out of the net, but it was Cam MacDonald stealing the puck in the offensive zone with the goaltender pulled for the wide-open, empty-net goal. MacDonald has now scored four goals in his past three games.
Brian Carrabes continues to lead the Stampede in points this season with 14 total from eight goals and six assists in 17 games played. Jaxson Stauber has made the past two starts in net for the Herd, going 2-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .938 SV%. Goaltender Grant Adams holds a 2-7-2 record in 12 games played with a 3.56 goals-against average and .892 save-percentage.
Following tonight’s matchup, the Herd will travel down to Omaha for back-to-back games at Ralston Arena before returning home for a pair of games heading into the winter break.
For the Foe
The Dubuque Fighting Saints traveled to faceoff with the Fargo Force at SCHEELS Arena last night and took a 5-3 loss. Both teams exchanged goals just :13 seconds apart in the first period, with Austin Crossley grabbing the first goal for Fargo and Ben Schultheis tying it up for Dubuque.
Force forward Tristan Broz scored the lone goal of the second period approximately halfway through, but Schultheis tied it up against at the 11:27 mark of the third. The game began to tilt in the direction of the home team as Zach Faremouth and Ondrej Pavel beat goaltender Erik Portillo for the 4-2 Fargo lead.
With a minute left in the third period, Jimmy Glynn scored for Dubque to give them hope, but it was Pavel again scoring to seal the game with an empty-net goal as time expired.
The Dubuque Fighting Saints are led by forward Ty Jackson who has five goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 17 games played. Right behind him in scoring is his twin brother Dylan Jackson who has 19 points off of 10 goals and nine assists in 17 games played this season. Between the pipes Erik Portillo is 10-2-1 with a 2.13 GAA and .910 SV%. Portillo has started in net for Dubuque over the last two games this week, so look for Aidan McCarthy to possibly take over in net. McCarthy is 3-1 with a 1.74 GAA and .918 SV%.
Dubuque will host a pair of games next weekend with the Muskegon Lumberjacks at the Mystique Ice Center.