Your Game Day Essentials
Who: Sioux Falls Stampede (18-17-3) at Sioux City Musketeers (14-16-7)
Puck drop: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. CT
Where: Fleet Farm Arena in Sioux City, Iowa
Watch: HockeyTV.com with paid subscription
Listen: KELO 107.9 FM, 1320 AM
The Sioux Falls Stampede (18-17-3) are set for a BiteSquad Rivalry Night rematch with the Sioux City Musketeers (14-16-7). The Musketeers lead the season series 3-2, following a 5-0 shutout of the Herd last night at Fleet Farm Arena. The teams will match up three more times following the game tonight. The two 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 Waterloo and Tri-City, but were shutout last night by the Sioux City Musketeers on the road. It’s the first time the Stampede have been shutout since back in early November to the Omaha Lancers.
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 11-5-0 record, 2.66 goals-against average and .911 save-percentage. He earned the start last night against Sioux City but was pulled in favor of Nate Reid after giving up four goals in the first.
For the Foe
Sioux City is coming off a 5-0 thumping on the Stampede last night. The Musketeers opened the game with four goals in the first period. The onslaught started with a goal from Sioux City leading scorer Sam Stange at the 4:39 mark of the period. A.J. Hodges followed up with a goal five minutes later for the two-goal advantage. The period ended with Ethan Harrison and defenseman Christian Jimenez scoring to double the lead.
Ian Malcolmson scored 1:45 into the second period to extend the lead to five. Sioux Falls outshot the Musketeers 8-to-7 in the period and failed to capitalize on three power play opportunities.
The Musketeers are led by forward Stange who has 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points. Malcolmson is second in scoring with 25 points from eight goals and 17 assists. Rookie defenseman Jimenez has 24 points off seven goals and 17 assists in 37 games played.
Goaltender Akira Schmid is 3-2-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .913 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.