Sioux Falls, SD—Andre Lee scored twice and added an assist while Ethan Phillips tallied a goal and an assist as the Stampede topped the Sioux City Musketeers 3-2 before 5,907 fans at the PREMIER Center Friday night. The Herd have won five straight games and improved to 6-1-1 on the season, their best start since 2002-03. Sioux Falls is a perfect 4-0-0 on home ice and now 6-0-1 in one-goal games. Jaxson Stauber stopped 15 of 17 shots in goal to improve to 3-0-0 between the pipes this season.
The Stampede got into to some penalty trouble early and it would hurt them. Artem Ivanyuzhenkov got flagged for a five-minute major for cross checking and a game misconduct. Minutes later the Herd received another penalty when Sam Stevens got called for hooking, giving the Musketeers a 5-on-3 advantage. Sioux City wouldn’t let the opportunity go to waste, scoring at 8:23. Bobby Brink sent a pass through the slot and onto the tape of Luke Johnson who one-timed the puck past the glove side of Stampede goaltender Jaxson Stauber for a 1-0 lead. The Herd were able to kill the rest of the penalty off, but neither team would score and Sioux City took a 1-0 lead into the locker room, despite being outshot 8-5 in the period.
The Stampede tied things up just 3:40 into the period on Ethan Phillips second goal in as many games. Andre Lee brought the puck inside the right circle and sent a pass through the slot to Phillips who deflected it past Musketeers goaltender Ben Kraws to make it a 1-1 game. The Herd dominated the rest of the period, outshooting the Muskies 18-7. Sioux Falls nearly took the lead several times during the period and came oh so close with a few missed shots and even hit a crossbar and kept the game tied at one heading into the third period.
The game remained tied midway through the period, but both teams had some great scoring opportunities. The Herd would take their first lead of the night at 10:46 when Jami Krannila’s shot was deflected into the net by Andre Lee for a 2-1 advantage. The celebration would be short lived, Sioux City responded less than two minutes later on a nice pass from Bobby Brink who sent a pass to Parker Ford and Ford backhanded the puck past the stick side of Stauber to make it a 2-2 game.
Sioux Falls would regain the lead for good at 15:21 when Max Crozier sent a shot through traffic in front of the net that bounced to Andre Lee who quickly lifted the puck into the back of the net. That goal would be all the Stampede would need as Stauber and the defense shut the door on the Musketeers in the final seconds and the Herd captured the 3-2 victory.
The Stampede outshot the Musketeers 11-5 in the third period and 37-17 in the game. Sioux Falls finished 0-for-3 on the power play while Sioux City was 1-for-3.
The Stampede and Musketeers meet again on Saturday night, this time at the Tyson Events Center. Puck drop is 7:05 PM and fans can catch all the action live on KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM and online at KELO.com starting at 6:40 PM.