Your Game Day Essentials
Who: Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Tri-City Storm
Puck Drop: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7:05 p.m. CT
Where: Denny Sanford 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
The Sioux Falls Stampede (11-12-2) are back in the thick of the Western Conference race with 24 points and match up with the Tri-City Storm (14-8-1), who sit in second with 29 points, this weekend. This is the first of eight meetings between the teams this season. The two will meet up again later this month for two more matchups at the Viaero Centre.
For the Herd
The Sioux Falls Stampede are coming off a 2-0-1 weekend against the Lincoln Stars and Sioux City Musketeers. The Herd defeated the Stars 10-4 on Friday night, the Musketeers 1-0 and lost a 3-2 decision in overtime Sunday afternoon.
Stampede forward Cole Sillinger put forth a strong showing, scoring three goals and netting three assists over the weekend. Forward Luke Toporowski also added a goal and four helpers, while defenseman Brent Johnson tallied two goals and an assist. Trent Burnham secured the shutout on Saturday, while Christian Stoever and Noah Grannan split the other two contests.
Garrett Pinoniemi now leads the team in scoring with five goals and 18 assists for 23 points. Noah Grannan leads the goaltenders with a 6-6-1 record, 3.26 GAA and .891 SV%.
For the Foe
The Tri-City Storm is coming off a three-game throttling of the Omaha Lancers in which they outscored them 16 to 3, including a 6-0 shutout. The Storm pounced on the Lancers the last time out 7-2. The Storm scored the first seven of the game before letting off and allowing two goals late in the third period. Matthew Knies, Cole McWard, Kyler Kovich, Cole O’Hara, Carter Mazur, Gavin Brindley and Hunter Strand all scored for the Storm. Todd Scott earned the win in net.
The Storm is the hottest team in the USHL right now, going 7-3 in their last 10 games.
The Storm is led by forward Strand who has nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 23 games played. Goaltender Todd Scott leads the team between the pipes with a 11-4-0 record, 1.93 GAA and .918 SV%.