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Who: U.S. NTDP U-17 (21-9-0) vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (10-14-3)
Puck drop: Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. CT
Where: PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Watch: HockeyTV.com with paid subscription
Listen: KELO 107.9 FM, 1320 AM
The Sioux Falls Stampede (10-14-3) rematch with the National Team Development Program under-17 team (21-8-0) at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center following last night’s 7-3 victory by the home team. This will be the second and final meeting of the regular season. The NTDP team is comprised of two teams, the under-17 and under-18 squads, that play games across the United States Hockey League with the records of both clubs counting towards the regular season standings.
The Herd holds the seventh spot in the Western Conference standings with 23 points and Team USA sits in second in the Eastern Conference with 42 points.
For the Herd
The Stampede ended a three-game losing streak last night at the PREMIER Center against Team USA under-17 team with a 7-3 victory. Seven different players scored for the Herd in the contest.
Jared Westcott opened the scoring on a breakaway by beating NTDP goaltender Kaidan Mbereko at the 3:08 mark of the first. Chaz Lucius tied the game up 3:21 later with a goal, but Brenden Olson was able to respond for his sixth of the season and grab the 2-1 lead.
The Herd extended their lead with a pair of goals from Garrett Pinoniemi and Sebastian Miedema, his first career USHL goal, to take the 4-1 lead before the third period.
Tyler Boucher cut the deficit in half with an a goal 3:34 into the third period, assisted by Justin Janicke and Red Savage. Both teams exchanged a pair of goals, one from Timo Bakos and Sean Behrens. The U.S. National Program made the decision to pull the goaltender with nine minutes remaining in the third period on the power play and Ryan Sullivan was able to capitalize on a fortunate bounce to tally a short-handed, empty-net goal.
Cam MacDonald put a stamp on the night with his fifth of the season at the 14:19 mark of the third period. Westcott was able to dump off a pass to MacDonald who was streaking down the slot to beat Mbereko for the seventh and final goal of the night.
The Stampede will go on a two-game, back-to-back road trip to the Ice Box in Lincoln for games against the Stars on Jan. 10 and 11.
For the Foe
The NTDP under-17 team (21-9-0), despite the loss to the Stampede, is 8-2-0-0 in their last 10 games. The under-17 team is coming off nearly five games in nine days.
The NTDP under-17 team is led by forward Jack Devine who has 19 points from five goals and 14 assists on in 17 games played. Sasha Pastujov is second in scoring with 16 points from four goals and 12 assists in 17 games played.
Between the pipes, Kaidan Mbereko is 7-2-0 with a 4.10 goals-against average and .878 save-percent. Gibson Homer is 3-4-0 with a 5.05 goals-against average and .837 save-percentage.
The under-17 program is 4-2 in their past six league games dating back to Nov. 30.