Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Stampede came away with a huge win on home ice Wednesday night, defeating the Omaha Lancers 5-2 at the PREMIER Center. It was a night of first USHL goals for both Jaksen Panzer and Seth Bernard-Docker, with five different goal scorers on the night for the Herd. Will McDonough, Jaksen Panzer, and Sam Harris each tallied a goal and an assist for the Stampede while Max Rud and Maddox Fleming both had two assists. Netminder Noah Grannan stood strong between the pipes, knocking away 19 of 21 shots on net.
The Stampede’s power play was the star of the first period, with both goals being scored on the man advantage. The first tally came from Seth Bernard-Docker at 8:42, knocking in a rolling rebound in the slot and tucking it under the Omaha goaltender’s right pad for his first career USHL goal. Michael LaStarza would score the Herd’s second goal of the night and his 12th of the season at 14:31 in the period, tipping in a shot from Maddox Fleming in front of the net. Sioux Falls outshot Omaha 12-4 in the period.
Sam Harris would continue the Stampede’s scoring into the second period, knocking in a beautiful pass from Will McDonough right on the doorstep of the Omaha netminder at 11:16 for his 11th of the season. The second Stampede player of the night would go on to score their first USHL tally at 17:31, when Jaksen Panzer took a perfect feed from Michael Quinn and fired it into a near-empty net. The Herd were outshot by the Lancers 10-8 in the period.
Sioux Falls seemed to stumble coming into the third period, allowing two Lancers goals in the first 1:32. Though it seemed like the floodgates were opening for Omaha, the boys in blue managed to keep the Lancers from rallying back. William McDonough tacked on an insurance goal and his third of the season for the Stampede at 13:03, firing in a puck in the slot off a feed from Sam Harris at the side of the net. Sioux Falls outshot Omaha 8-7 in the period.
The Stampede outshot the Lancers 28-21 in the game. They went 2-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Omaha’s loss tonight kept them from the points they needed to clinch a spot in the playoffs. The Herd improve to 16-28-6 on the season and move into seventh place in the Western Conference, eleven points behind the sixth-place Fargo Force.
Tonight was the last home game for the month of March. The Herd are on the road this weekend to visit the Lincoln Stars on Friday night at 7:05 PM, and the Sioux City Musketeers on Saturday at 6:05 PM. Fans can tune into KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM, and KELO.com, or stream the action on HockeyTV.