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Stampede stumble against Sioux City

By Stampede, 11/19/21, 9:45PM CST


Sioux Falls, SD—A rough first period was the difference Friday night as the Sioux Falls Stampede saw their winless streak hit five games with an 8-2 setback to Sioux City. The Musketeers scored four times in the first period and never looked back. Karsen Dorwart and Jack Reimann tallied their first career USHL goals for the Herd while Noah Grannan stopped 24 of 32 shots in goal.

Hoping to get back on track, the first period did not go well for the home team. Sioux City scored just 1:03 into the period to get things going off the stick of Owen McLaughlin. Before the Stampede could blink the Musketeers added goals at 4:37, 10:50 and 14:17 to take a commanding 4-0. After a timeout, the Herd were able to gain some momentum when Karsen Dorwart tallied his first goal of the season. Max Rud sent a puck towards the goal and Dorwart was able to deflect the puck past Sioux City goaltender Alex Tracy who had not given up a goal in his previous two games. The Musketeers took their 4-1 lead into the locker room, outshooting the Herd 11-8.

The Herd found themselves down a man early in the second, but it would be the Stampede taking advantage. Jack Reimann took the puck into the Musketeers zone and fired a shot from the right dot right over the left shoulder of Tracy to make it a two-goal game. The rest of the period went back-and-forth with the Stampede creating some chances but it remained a 4-2 game. Just as it looked like the Herd would take a manageable deficit into the locker room, a defensive breakdown led to Tomi Leppanen being left wide open in the lot and he blasted a shot past the blocker of Grannan to make it a 5-2 game.

That goal seemed to carry over into the third as the Musketeers would get three more goals, two of which would once again come on a defensive breakdown. Sioux City got goals at 6:07, 10:24 and 17:20 to roll away with the game at 8-2.

Sioux City outshot the Stampede 32-26 on the night, but did not score a power play goal, going 0-for-5 while the Stampede finished the night 0-for-3.

Sioux Falls looks to get back on track Saturday night for Military Appreciation Night, presented by Royal River Casino & Hotel. The fun starts at 5 PM when the doors open and kids can enjoy inflatables and games in the Kids Zone by the Hall of Fame entrance. Just after 6 PM the on-ice festivities being with a special edition of the national anthem and members of the South Dakota Army National Guard. The Guard will also rappel from the ceiling for a ceremonial puck drop and the team will honor the men and women of our armed forces throughout the game tomorrow night. Tickets are still available through the KELOLAND Box Office or Ticketmaster.