Fargo, ND – The Sioux Falls Stampede came out strong but failed to rally back Thursday night, falling 4-1 to the Fargo Force at Scheels Arena. The Herd’s lone goal was scored by Sam Harris while netminder Noah Grannan stopped 17 of 20 shots.
The Herd appeared off to a strong start in the first period, with Sam Harris tipping in a shot from Ryan Healey in front of the Fargo net at 13:31 to get scoring started for the Stampede, his eighth goal of the season. It seemed likely that the Herd would head to the locker room with a 1-0 lead, but Ryan Alexander found the back of the net with less than a minute left to tie the game up at 1-1. Sioux Falls outshot Fargo 9-3 in the period.
The Force made quick work of taking the lead in the second, with Kyle Smolen scoring his seventh of the year just 2:32 into the period. The Stampede struggled to net the equalizer, and although it seemed they’d be heading into the third period down by just a goal, another late-period tally by Fargo would put them down 3-1. Fargo outshot Sioux Falls 13-9 in the period.
The Stampede’s struggles on the man advantage carried into the third period, unable to capitalize on a power play midway through. Nearing the end of play, the Herd would pull their goalie for the extra attacker but would quickly give up an empty net goal to Fargo’s Cooper Gay at 18:26. The Herd outshot the Force 6-5 in the period.
Sioux Falls outshot Fargo 24-21 in the game and went 0-for-5 on the power play while Fargo went 0-for-2.
The Stampede complete their series of road games tomorrow night in Omaha. Puck drop is set for 7:05 PM. The Herd will be back on home ice next Friday and Saturday, with tickets still available. Don't miss Stomp's Birthday Bash next Saturday, as the first 1,000 fans get a special Stomp bobblehead! Fans can tune into KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM, and KELO.com, or stream the action on HockeyTV.