Your Game Day Essentials
Who: Sioux Falls Stampede (21-18-6) at Fargo Force (24-15-6)
Puck drop: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. CT
Where: Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota
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Listen: KELO 107.9 FM, 1320 AM
The Sioux Falls Stampede (21-18-6) take on rival Fargo Force (24-15-6) at SCHEELS Arena Friday evening for the first of a two-game, weekend series up north. The teams last met in Fargo on Oct. 17 for a 4-3 overtime loss and most recently met at the PREMIER Center on Dec. 14. The Herd defeated the Force 3-2 in a shootout. The teams will meet five more times over the next 17 games, including tonight’s game, with three road and two home contests.
For the Herd
The Herd is coming off a split weekend in Iowa with a 3-1 win in Cedar Rapids and a 4-2 loss in Dubuque.
Garrett Pinoniemi, Evan Nause and Brenden Olson scored on Friday evening against the RoughRiders, while Jaxson Stauber made the start in net, earning his 14th win of the season.
The following evening the Fighting Saints had a huge second period, scoring four unanswered goals to take a 4-0 lead. The Stampede were able to score two quick goals in the third period from Sam Stange and Isaac Henkemeyer-Howe, but unable to mount a comeback in the second half. Nate Reid made the start in net for the Herd.
Stampede newcomers Stange and Malcolmson were a big addition on the ice, contributing a combined three assists and a goal between them.
Stauber leads the team with a 14-5-3 record, 2.41 goals-against average and .920 save-percentage. Forward Sam Stange leads the team in scoring with 25 goals and 19 assists for 44 points. Jared Westcott trails him with 16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points in 43 games played.
For the Foe
The Fargo Force are coming off a split weekend against the Muskegon Lumberjacks in Michigan. The Force were able to force overtime on Friday evening, but eventually fell by a final of 5-4. Tristan Broz, Mason Salquist and Ondrej Pavel (2) scored in the game, while Cole Brady made the start in net.
The following evening the Force were able to jump out to a three-goal lead, with goals from Salquist, Joseph Dunlap and Oliver MacDonald. The Lumberjacks tallied their lone goal in the third period. Brady made the start in net, earning his eighteenth win of the season.
The Force finished the weekend two for 19 on the power play and a total of 66 penalty minutes on 25 infractions.
Lyden Breen leads the team in scoring with 44 points from 15 goals and 29 assists in 42 games played. Cole Brady is 18-12-5 between the pipes, with a 2.83 goals-against average and .904 save-percentage.
Fargo is 4-0-1 in the team’s last five games and 5-3-2 in their last ten games played.