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Who: Sioux Falls Stampede (18-16-3) vs. Sioux City Musketeers (13-16-7)
Puck drop: Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. CT
Where: Fleet Farm Arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Watch: HockeyTV.com with paid subscription
Listen: KELO 107.9 FM, 1320 AM
The Sioux Falls Stampede (18-16-3) travel down to Sioux City to take on the Musketeers (20-14-5) for a BiteSquad Rivalry Night game Friday night. The Stampede are on a six-game winning streak dating back to the last matchup between the two teams on January 19. The Herd defeated the Musketeers 3-2 in overtime. The season series is 2-2 after four games. The teams will meet five more times this season, including tonight and tomorrow night in Sioux City. They will again battle on St. Patrick’s Day in Sioux Falls and close out with a home-and-home series between April 10 and 11.
For the Herd
The Herd is coming off a weekend sweep of the top two teams in the Western Conference: the Waterloo Black Hawks and Tri-City Storm by a combined score of 15-9 in favor of Sioux Falls.
On Tuesday night, the Herd dominated the Storm with a seven-goal outburst by five different players. The Storm scored 5:08 into the first period, but it was all Sioux Falls with the next six. Raimonds Vitolins and Jakub Lewandowski each tallied two goals, while Cameron Boudreau scored his first of the season, Ryan Sullivan and Will Dineen all contributed. Tri-City tallied two goals in the third period on goaltender Nate Reid, who earned his fourth victory in net and first at home.
Jared Westcott leads the team in scoring with 28 points from 12 goals and 16 assists in 35 games played. Captain Ryan Sullivan trails him by two points with 26 from 14 goals and 12 assists in 35 games played. Chase Foley leads all defenseman on the team with 17 points from one goal and 16 assists, while defenseman Evan Nause holds a +14 rating and 11 points. Jaxson Stauber leads the team between the pipes with a 11-4-0 record, 2.45 goals-against average and .918 save-percentage. He earned both starts in the Waterloo series last weekend.
The Herd will follow up follow up the game tonight with another matchup Saturday night at Fleet Farm Arena against the Musketeers. Puck drop scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
For the Foe
The Sioux City Musketeers have gone in the opposite direction since the last matchup with Sioux Falls on January 18, going 1-3 in their last four matchups, including a pair of losses from the Tri-City Storm and Omaha Lancers last weekend on home ice.
In the Tri-City matchup the Musketeers fell behind three goals early as Jack Lagerstom, Matthew Knies and Cole McWard got the best of goaltender Akira Schmid. Sioux City managed to claw back within one goal thanks to a Sam Stange unassisted strike to end the second, then a Christian Jimenez tally late in the third. Colby Ambrosio closed out the game with an empty-net goal to make the 4-2 final.
On Saturday, the Musketeers again fell behind with a goal from Omaha Lancer forward Ross Mitton in the second period; however, Gabe Blanchard was able to come out of the third period with a goal :50 seconds in to tie the game. The remainder of the period was all Omaha as Mitton tallied two more goals to complete the hat trick and Jack Jensen scored for the 4-1 final. Ethan Haider made the start in net for the Musketeers.
The Musketeers are led by forward Sam Stange who has 21 goals and 15 assists for 36 points. Ian Malcolmson is second in scoring with 24 points from seven goals and 17 assists. Rookie defenseman Christian Jimenez has 22 points off. Six goals and 16 assists in 36 games played.
Goaltender Akira Schmid is 2-2-0 with a 3.28 goals-against average and .898 save-percentage since being traded to Sioux City from Omaha earlier this year. Ethan Haider leads the team with a 9-9-5 record, 3.15 goals-again and .891 save-percentage.
The Musketeers have a Valentine’s Day date with the Lincoln Stars on Feb. 14 and a guaranteed second date the following evening.