Sioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Falls Stampede finished off their season with another close battle and great effort against the Fargo Force Saturday night at the PREMIER Center but would go on to drop the contest 4-2. It was a close game throughout the night, but Fargo managed to apply the pressure halfway into the third period, and Sioux Falls couldn't rally back. Cole Miller and Blake Humphrey tallied both goals for the Herd, while Stampede netminder Isak Posch stopped 15 of 18 shots between the pipes.
In similar fashion to the night before, the Force got things rolling first at 18:56 in the first period while on the man advantage. The goal was from Tyler Rollwagen, his fourth in just two periods against the Herd after tallying a hat trick in the final frame of last night’s contest. Despite the 1-0 deficit after twenty minutes, Sioux Falls outshot Fargo 10-8 in the period.
Cole Miller would net his third goal of the season just 1:05 into the second period to tie the game up at 1-1. Miller took a shot off a centering pass in the slot from Daniel Miller, and the puck bounced off the Fargo netminder’s glove and floated past him and into the net. Both teams had six shots each in the period.
It felt like momentum had shifted in the Stampede’s favor in the third, as Blake Humphrey tallied his 11th goal of the season just 4:21 into the period. From the side of the net, Luke Kron centered a pass to Humphrey who was directly in front of the Fargo goaltender, and he quickly buried it to give the Stampede their first lead of the game. The lead would last just under six minutes before Cole Knuble tallied the equalizer for the Force at 9:52 in the period. Andre Gasseau would pot the go-ahead goal for Fargo at 16:16 on the power play, and Tyler Rollwagen would seal the deal with an empty-net goal at 18:30 in the final frame.
Both teams finished the third period with five shots on goal, while Sioux Falls outshot Fargo 21-19 in the game. The Stampede went 0-for-2 on the power play while the Force went 2-for-4.
The Stampede conclude the season with a 19-37-6 record. With 44 points, they sit seventh in the Western Conference Standings, finishing three points in front of the eighth-place Des Moines Buccaneers. We’d like to thank all of the fans for their tremendous support this season. We can’t wait to see you all next year, Stampede Country!