Your Game Day Essentials
Who: Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Fargo Force
Puck drop: Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. CT
Where: PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Listen: 107.9 KELO FM, 1320 AM, Kelo.com or Kelo App
Watch: HockeyTV.com with paid subscription
Promotion: First 1,000 kids 12-and-under receive a FREE Stampede replica jersey – PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard
The Quick Breakdown
The Sioux Falls Stampede (0-1-0) host the Fargo Force (1-0-0) to open the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center for the 2020-21 USHL regular season on home ice. The two teams are coming off a 5-3 Force victory last night at SCHEELS Arena. The two teams will meet nine more times throughout the season. For more promotion details, click here.
For the Herd
After a nearly eight-month hiatus, the Sioux Falls Stampede and Fargo Force opened the season with a 5-3 contest in Fargo. The Stampede fell behind early but rebounded with a goal from Montreal Canadiens prospect Jack Smith after a turnover in the offensive zone. Smith took the puck off the stick of defenseman Kyle Smolen and handed it off to Sam Rhodes who handed it right back for the goal at 7:52 of the first. The assist was the first of two on the evening for Rhodes.
Adam Flammang gave the Herd a 2-1 lead after a miscued centering pass found its way into the back of the net five minutes later.
The Stampede started the third period of the game with a goal from Garrett Pinoniemi. Tyler Haskins provided the assist from behind the net of Andrew Miller and Pinoniemi one-timed the puck into the back of the net to tie the game at three.
Noah Grannan made the start in net for the Herd, allowing five goals on 32 shots faced.
For the Foe
The Fargo Force came out of the gate not skipping a beat with a goal from forward Austin Wong in the first minute of play. After the one-goal lead from the Herd, the Force responded with goals from Ryan Richardson and Mason Salquist.
Jacob Braccini and Jeremy Davidson tallied goals to keep the Herd from making a comeback to close out the game. Veteran Andrew Miller made the start in net for the Force, stopping 22 of 25 shots faced.
Salquist and Wong lead the team in points with a goal and an assist.