Your Game Day Essentials
Who: Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Sioux City Musketeers
Puck Drop: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:05 p.m. CT
Where: Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, SD
Listen: 107.9 KELO FM, 1320 AM, Kelo.com or Kelo App
Watch: HockeyTV.com with paid subscription
The Sioux Falls Stampede (7-9-1) host the Sioux City Musketeers (7-8-0) inside the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center for the first time this season. The game is the rescheduled postponed game from Dec. 23. The Herd is coming off a weekend split to the Waterloo Black Hawks last weekend on home ice. Sioux Falls defeated Waterloo in the first game by a 5-1 score but failed to hold a late lead in the follow up contest and lost 6-4. The two teams will matchup 10 times this season and five times in the month of January, including three games over the next three days.
For the Herd
The Sioux Falls Stampede were last defeated 6-4 by the Waterloo Black Hawks at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center last weekend. The Herd was able to get out to a 1-0 lead off the stick of forward Michael Citara. Citara put a puck in front of net on the power play and it deflected off a Waterloo skate into the back of the net. The Black Hawks responded with a goal one minute later to make it 1-1.
Jack Smith and Reid Pabich made scores of their own to give the Herd a 3-1 lead. Forward Mack Motzko scored his second of the season to make it 4-1 halfway through the second period. Black Hawk forward Casey Severo was able to cut the lead in half at the end of the period.
The momentum carried for the Black Hawks as Severo netted another two minutes into the third period. David Gucciardi and Wyatt Schingoethe scored within two minutes to tie the game and then take the lead late in the third. The Herd was able to get on a six-on-three power play late in the period, but Max Sasson was able to send the puck into the empty-net for the late score. Goaltender Trent Burnham made the start in net.
Forward Michael Citara continues to lead the team in points with 17 points from seven goals and 10 assists. Goaltender Noah Grannan leads the goaltenders with a 5-5-0 record in ten games played with a 3.12GAA and .895 SV%.
For the Foe
The Sioux City Musketeers are getting back to form after having their season stalled out due to COVID-19. The team defeated the Western Conference point leading Fargo Force 6-2 last Sunday at the Tyson Events Center.
Fargo forward Jeremy Davidson scored the lone goal in the first period, but it was all Sioux City for the remainder of the game. Forwards Ben Steeves, John Fusco and Bennett Schimek all tallied goals to gain the 4-1 lead. Fargo scored a late consolation goal, but the onslaught continued into the third period. Former Stampede forward Brenden Olson scored a shorthanded goal to begin the period, while Shai Buium and Chase Bradley added scores for the 6-2 final.
The Musketeers are led by forward Brian Carrabes with 12 points through 11 games played, with six from goals and six from assists. Chase Bradley and Justin Hryckowian trail with 11 points each through 14 games played. New Jersey Devils draft selection Akira Schmid leads the team between the pipes with a 4-3-0 record, 2.31 GAA and .895 SV%. He has won his last three starts in net.