DUBUQUE, Iowa – A four-goal, second-period outburst from the Dubuque Fighting Saints was too much as the Sioux Falls Stampede fell by a final score of 4-2 Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center. Forward Sam Stange scored his first goal as a member of the Stampede and Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe scored in the contest, while Nate Reid made 26 of 30 saves between the pipes.
Both teams came out strong defensively with no goals scored in the first period, but the high-scoring Fighting Saints put 12 shots on goaltender Nate Reid to the four made by Sioux Falls.
The tide continued to change in favor of the Saints as orward Dylan Jackson scored his twentieth of the season just :21 seconds into the second period. Thomas Middleton followed the first with another two minutes later to take the 2-0 lead.
Mark Cheremeta tallied two goals at the 10:40 and 16:37 mark of the second period, with the latter coming on the power play, to take a 4-0 advantage into the second intermission. The Herd was again outshot 13 to seven and came up empty on one power play opportunity.
The former Sioux City Musketeer forward Sam Stange tallied his first in a Stampede sweater and twenty-fifth of the season 1:12 into the third period to end the shutout. Garrett Pinoniemi and Ian Malcolmson provided the assists on the play as Stange one-timed it through the five hole of goaltender Aidan McCarthy from the right circle.
Then just 16 seconds later Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe scored his third in as many starts off a deflection from defenseman Valtteri Piironen to give the Herd some life. Sioux Falls pulled Reid with 3:36 left in regulation but were unable to rally anymore and the scored remained 4-2 at the final buzzer.
The Herd falls to 21-18-6 on the season for their eighth regulation loss in their last 31 games played.
The Herd will now begin a Western Conference road swing with a pair of games against the Fargo Force next weekend. Fans can catch the games streaming live at HockeyTV.com or listen live on KELO Radio 107.9 FM, 1320 AM or Kelo.com.