GAME DAY VS LINCOLN (3-11-18)
WHO: Stampede (27-13-8) VS Lincoln (25-20-2)
WHEN: Tonight (Sunday) 6:05 PM
WHERE: PREMIER Center
PROMO: Non-profit Night
TICKETS: Click here
RADIO: KELO 1320-AM, 107.9-FM or click here to listen live
VIDEO: HockeyTV: Click here
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Stampede close out their weekend homestand with their third game in as many days as they play host to the Lincoln Stars. Tonight is the fourth and final meeting between these two teams during the regular season. The Herd are 1-1-1 against the Stars in 2017-18.
STAMPEDE UPDATE: The Stampede captured their second victory of the weekend last night, topping Chicago 5-1. The Herd scored four goals during the third period to earn the win against the Steel. Artem Ivanyuzhenkov and Nolan Walker both tallied a goal and an assist each in the victory while Mikhail Berdin stopped 42 of 43 shots to earn the win in goal. The Stampede trailed 1-0 late in the second period and were on a five-minute penalty kill when Jaxon Nelson scored shorthanded to bring the sellout crowd to their feet and change the momentum of the game. The Stampede finished the night 1-for-4 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
The win kept the Stampede in third place in the Western Conference and moved them within three points of first place Omaha. The Stampede are now 11-2-2 in their last 15 games and have outscored their opponents 12-3 in the first two games this weekend. The Stampede are averaging 3.29 goals per-game while allowing 2.93 per-game.
Last night’s win was the 13th at home this season for Sioux Falls, tying last year’s season total for home wins.
STARS UPDATE: The Stars are one of the hottest teams in the league entering tonight having won six straight games and are 7-0-1 in their last eight games. They continued their strong play with a 4-2 victory over rival Omaha last night at The Ice Box. Wyatt Aamodt tallied a goal and an assist while Derek Schaedig stopped 17 of 19 shots to earn the win in goal. The Stars rallied from a 2-1 deficit with Paul Cotter scoring the eventual game-winner at 9:09 of the third period.
The Stars enter tonight holding the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but trail fifth place Tri-City by just five points. Early starts have been key for the Stars who are 12-2-1 when leading after one period this season.
After tonight, the Stars will play seven of their last twelve games on the road where they enter tonight with an 11-10-1 record. The Stars are led by Casey Dornbach who has 45 points (19g, 26a) in 47 games. Tomas Vomacka is 18-16-0 with a 2.89 GAA and a .901 save percentage in between the pipes for Lincoln.
HEAD TO HEAD:
GOALS FOR: SF: 3.29 (6) LIN: 3.04 (7)
GOALS AGAINST: SF: 2.93 (6) LIN: 3.02 (7)
POWER PLAY: SF: 23.2% (2) LIN: 15.7% (13)
PENALTY KILL: SF: 84.5% (5) LIN: 85.2% (4)
UP NEXT: The Stampede hit the road next weekend when they travel to Des Moines and Sioux City. Puck drops are 7:05 PM each night and fans can catch the games on KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 105.1-FM and 107.9-FM. The Herd return home March 30th and 31st to host Waterloo and Tri-City. Tickets for both games are available through the KELOLAND Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.