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Herd look to bounce back vs Lincoln tonight

By Jim Olander, 12/01/12, 9:15AM CST


Stampede look to keep sole possession of 2nd place


WHO: Stampede vs Lincoln
WHEN: Tonight (Saturday) 7:05 PM
WHERE: Sioux Falls Arena
TICKETS: Sioux Falls Arena Box Office
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· The Stampede face the Lincoln Stars for the third time this season. The home team won each of the first two games of this season series so far.

· The Herd are coming off a tough 5-1 loss last night to Des Moines. Leading 1-0 heading into the second period, the Bucs scored twice in the first 43 seconds of the second en route to a 5-1 win over the Stampede. Tony Calderone tallied the only goal for the home team.

· Despite the loss, Sioux Falls is still 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

· The Stampede still rank second in the league in goals scored, averaging 3.70 per-game.

· Last night marked the first time all season the Stampede scored the first goal at home and did not win the game. They are now 11-1-0 when scoring first at home.

· The Herd are 10-5-1 against Western      Conference opponents this year.

· The Stampede have allowed a powerplay goal in six of their last seven games and rank second to last on the penalty kill at 76.6%

· The Stars are coming off a big 5-1 win last night in Omaha. Dominik Shine, Luke Johnson and Eric Scheid all tallied a goal and an assist in the game while Michael Bitzer stopped 22 shots to earn his fourth win of the season in goal.

· The win was the first for Lincoln since November 9th and ended a five game winless streak (0-4-1).

· The Stars have scored four or more goals in a game eight times this season,

· Lincoln has outscored opponents 27-12 in the second period this season.

· The Stars allow the second fewest goals in the league, averaging just 2.61 goals against this season.