Your Game Day Essentials
Who: Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Des Moines Buccaneers
Puck Drop: Friday, March 12, 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 (16-18-3) return to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center to take on the Des Moines Buccaneers (19-13-4). The season series stands at 3-1-0 in favor of the Stampede, with the teams set to rematch tomorrow night at the PREMIER Center. The Herd was last defeated by Des Moines at Buccaneer Arena, 6-2, on Feb. 19.
For the Herd
The Sioux Falls Stampede are coming off a tough 9-4 road loss to the Lincoln Stars on Thursday night at the Ice box.
The Sioux Falls Stampede took the first goal of the game at 8:52 of the first period for the early lead. Michael Citara tallied his thirteenth goal of the season on the power play unassisted. The Lincoln Stars answered back less than three minutes later to tie the game. The game quickly unraveled from there as Nikolai Mayorov, Griffin Jurecki, James Stefan, Jake Beaune and Yu Sato all scored goals four minutes and 26 seconds apart for a 6-1 lead at the end of period one.
Goaltender Trent Burnham replaced netminder Noah Grannan following the Beaune goal at 17:05 of the first period.
Stampede captain Will Dineen scored at 9:59 of the second period on the power play, assisted by Cole Sillinger and Brandon Tabakin, and Sean Donaldson tallied his first career USHL goal five minutes later to bring the game within three. Lincoln finished the period with their seventh of the night a minute later to extend the lead back to four.
The Stars surged back ahead with a pair of goals in the opening minutes of the third period from Aidan Thompson and Mayorov. Sam Rhodes collected a consolation goal at 11:51 of the third period to bring the final score to 9-4.
Michael Citara continues to lead the team in points with 7 goals and 23 assists for 31 points. Burnham leads the goaltenders with a 7-7-2 record, 3.26 GAA and .897 SV%.
For the Foe
The Des Moines Buccaneers are coming off a 3-2 win against the Fargo Force last night at SCHEELS Arena in Fargo. Tanner Latsch opened the scoring on the power play at 12:00 into the first period, followed up by a goal from Alex Laferriere four seconds left in the second period. The Fargo Force grabbed a goal back from Aaron Huglen at 5:19 of the third period, but Des Moines came back with a streak from Davis Burnside to end with three goals on the night. Jacob Braccini brough the Force back within one with a goal at 11:30 left in the third.
The Buccaneers are led by forward Matt Choupani with 16 goals and 19 assists in 35 games played. Derek Mullahy leads the goaltenders with an 11-6-1 record, 2.47 GAA, .895 SV%.