Your Game Day Essentials
Who: Sioux Falls Fighting Wiener Dogs vs. Omaha Lancers
Puck Drop: Saturday, February 27, 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
Presented By: Sioux Nation Pet Clinic
Promotion: First 1,000 fans receive a free commemorative World-Famous Wiener Dog Races puck
The Sioux Falls Fighting Wiener Dogs (15-15-3) return to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center to take on the Omaha Lancers (19-14-1). The season series stands at 2-2-0 with the two teams set to meet one final time on March 21 at Ralston Arena. The Dogs last defeated the Lancers 4-1 at Ralston Arena on January 22.
For the Herd
The Fighting Wiener Dogs are coming off a 2-0 weekend series against the Tri-City Storm. Last time out, the Storm were able to get out to an early 1-0, but the Dogs responded with goals from Brent Johnson and Luke Toporowski to close out the first period.
Carter Mazur answered back at 1:17 of the third period to even the score. Reid Pabich scored less than a minute later, and Johnson again sealed the game it with an empty-net goal. The Dogs were without Will Dineen due to injury and one of the team’s top scorers Cole Sillinger due to injury. Noah Grannan made the start in net, stopping 37 of 39 shots on net.
Garrett Pinoniemi leads the team in point with seven goals and 21 assists in 31 games played, while Michael Citara leads in goals scored with 12 and adds 15 assists for 27 points. Grannan leads the goaltenders with an 8-8-1 record, 3.27 GAA and .890 SV%. Burham is 6-6-2 with a 3.23 GAA and .899 SV%.
For the Foe
The Omaha Lancers throttled the Waterloo Black Hawks last night 6-2 at Ralston Arena. The Lancers got out to a four-goal lead through the first and first half of the second period. Nolan Renwick started the scoring with a power play goal at 13:01, followed by a goal from Owen Fowler three minutes later. Rookie Ayrton Martino and Kienan Draper tallied goals in the second before Waterloo earned two back from Max Sasson and Matt Argentina.
Omaha finished the night with late empty-net goals from TJ Schweighardt and Liam Devlin to win 6-2. Reilly Herbst made the start in net for the Lancers, stopping 23 of 25 shots on net.
Ryan Lautebach leads the team in scoring with nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points in 33 games played. Jakub Dobes leads the goaltender with a 16-11-1 record, 2.30 GAA and .913 SV% in 29 games played.