Your Game Day Essentials
Who: Tri-City Storm (20-14-5) vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (17-16-3)
Puck drop: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 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
The Sioux Falls Stampede (17-16-3) are back at the PREMIER Center after a weekend series sweep of the Waterloo Black Hawks to take on the Tri-City Storm (20-14-5) on Tuesday evening. The two teams last met on the road in Kearney, Neb. on October 19 with a 2-1 win and October 10 with a 4-1 loss. The teams will meet three more times with three games in three days series between March 26 and 28. The Stampede swept the Tri-City Storm last on home ice during the 2019 Clark Cup Playoffs, following a sweep of the Waterloo Black Hawks.
For the Herd
The Herd is coming off back-to-back wins against the Waterloo Black Hawks on Friday and Saturday at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Both games were determined by a one goal difference, with the contest on Friday night heading to overtime. Sioux Falls scored seven goals on the weekend each by a different player with the exception of two goals by Jared Westcott who scored both regulation goals on Friday. The Stampede are on a five-game winning streak dating back to January 18.
On Friday night Jared Westcott opened the scoring before Waterloo came back and tied the game up heading into the third period. The Black Hawks pulled ahead in the final frame, but it was once again Westcott who tied the game and forced overtime with eight minutes remaining in regulation. Brenden Olson would go on to score the game-winning goal after beating goaltender Gabriel Carriere.
The following evening forward Brian Carrabes scored his first goal since November 10 to give the Herd another 1-0 advantage in the first period, but the Black Hawks were able to response seven minutes later and tie the game. Cam MacDonald and Jakub Lewandowski found the back of the net in the second period and were able to take a two-goal advantage into the second intermission.
Waterloo came out of the intermission and scored :21 seconds into the third. Defenseman Brandon Chabrier then tallied his first United States Hockey League goal to reextend the two-goal lead. However, Waterloo rallied again for two more goals, tying the game at four each. Garrett Pinoniemi was able to collect a loose rebound and jam it into the net for the game-winning goal.
The Herd will follow up tonight with a back-to-back series against the Sioux City Musketeers at Fleet Farm Arena in Sioux City on Feb. 7 and 8.
For the Foe
The Tri-City Storm are coming off a 4-2 victory of the Sioux City Musketeers on Friday night at Fleet Farm Arena. Tri-City is 7-2-1 in their past 10 games and currently on a three-game win streak.
The Storm opened the game scoring three unanswered goals from jack Lagerstrom, Matthew Knies and Cole McWard, before Sioux City forward Sam Stange scored with three minutes remaining in the second period.
It took another seventeen minutes for Christian Jimenez to find the back of the net for Sioux City to bring the score within one. Tri-City leading scorer Colby Ambrosio sealed the deal with an empty net goal to end the game.
Ambrosio leads the way in scoring with 22 goals and 17 assists for 39 points in 39 games played. Todd Scott leads all active goaltender with a 5-1-0 record, 2.18 goals-against average and .930 save-percentage.