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Stampede at Tri-City tonight

By Jim Olander, 03/15/13, 1:45PM CDT

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Herd look to extend road winning streak

STAMPEDE GAME DAY AT CEDAR RAPIDS 3-15-13

WHO: Stampede (37-14-2) at Tri-City (21-25-7)
 
WHEN: Tonight (Friday) 7:35 PM
 
WHERE: Viaero Event Center
 
RADIO: KELO 1320-AM, 107.9-FM  & www.kelo.com
 
VIDEO: Fasthockey: www.ushl.fasthockey.com
 
ABOUT TONIGHT'S GAME:
 

The Stampede face the Storm for the sixth time this season. The Herd are 4-1-0 against the Storm, including a 2-0-0 mark in Kearney. The Stampede enter tonight’s game with a six point lead over Fargo for first place in the West and four points behind Dubuque in the chase for the Anderson Cup, which is awarded to the team with the most points at the end of the regular season.

Last weekend, Sioux Falls earned back-to-back road victories, winning at Des Moines (3-2) and Cedar Rapids (6-4). The Herd will put their four-game road winning streak on the line this evening and move closer towards clinching a playoff berth. The Stampede’s magic number to clinch a spot in the post-season is 7. Any combination of Stampede wins or Omaha losses equaling seven points will clinch a spot for the Herd.

Tri-City is coming off a 4-3 shootout loss on Wednesday at Omaha and currently sit in 5th place with 49 points. Although they may be short of the win total they hoped to be at by this point in the season, the Storm have some quality players and will be another tough test for the Herd. The Storm’s powerplay ranks third in the league at 20.6% so staying out of the box will be a key for the Herd who have the fifth best penalty kill in the league (83.9%).

Players to watch tonight:

Sioux Falls:

·         Dennis Kravchenko has seven points (5g, 2a) in four games against the Storm this season.

·         Todd Skirving has six points (4g, 2a) in three games against the Storm and has five points in his last five games.

·         Thomas Forgione has nine points (7g, 2a) in his last 10 games.

·         Charlie Lindgren is 7-2-0 with a 2.66 GAA and a .907 save percentage in his last nine starts.

Tri-City:

·         Trevor Moore has six points (2g, 4a) in five games against Sioux Falls this year. He leads the team with 53 points in 51 games.

·         Brian Ward has five points (4g, 1a) in five games against the Herd. He is third on the team in scoring with 46 points.

·         Trevor Mingoia has nine points (7g, 2a) in his last five games and 39 points on the year overall.

·         Justin Quale has been the go-to guy of late in goal and is 3-4-3 with a 4.29 GAA and a .878 save percentage in his last 10 games.