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Stampede look to slow down Waterloo tonight

By Jim Olander, 01/04/19, 10:15AM CST


Battle between two of the hottest teams in the USHL


WHO: Stampede (16-8-3) vs Waterloo Black Hawks (18-7-4)

WHEN: Tonight (Friday) 7:05 PM


PROMO: Wheelco Night

RADIO: KELO 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM or click here to listen live

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TONIGHT’S GAME:   The Stampede square off against the Waterloo Black Hawks for the third time this season and for the final time in Sioux Falls. The Herd are 2-0-0 against the Hawks this season, including a 4-2 victory last Thursday night in Sioux Falls. After tonight, these two teams will meet again three more times, all in Waterloo.  

STAMPEDE UPDATE:  The Stampede captured their fifth straight home win on Monday night, topping the Lincoln Stars 4-2. Four different players scored goals in the win while Jaxson Stauber stopped 22 of 24 shots to earn the victory in goal. Artem Ivanyuzhenkov scored on a penalty shot in the third period to secure the victory for the Herd who finished the month of December with an 8-1-1 mark and are 3-0-0 since the winter break.  Jami Krannila leads the Stampede in scoring with 22 points. Alec Calvaruso is 5-1-0 with a 1.64 GAA and a .934 save percentage in goal.

Tonight is the second of six straight home games for the Herd at the PREMEIR Center where they hold a 9-2-1 record this season, one of the best in the league. Despite not having one scorer in the top 20 in the USHL, the Herd have tallied four or more goals in 9 of their last 10 games. Ten players have 16 or more points on the season. Their balanced scoring attack has helped keep the Stampede in the thick of the ultra-competitive Western Conference where the top five teams have 16 or more wins already this season.

BLACK HAWKS UPDATE: After a loss to the Stampede last Thursday, the Hawks quickly rebounded to win home games versus Youngstown (4-3) and Madison (4-0) to improve to 18-7-4 on the season. The Black Hawks have won six of their last seven games and are an impressive 9-5-2 on the road this season.

The Black Hawks are led by Matej Blumel who has 34 points in 25 games. Emil Ohrvall and Vladislav Fistov who both have 33 points on the year. Jared Moe was spectacular in goal for Waterloo last Thursday and he enters tonight with a 9-6-3 record with a 3.00 GAA and a .900 save percentage.   

UP NEXT:  The Stampede return home tomorrow night when they welcome in the Des Moines Buccaneers at 7:05 PM. It will mark the fifth of six meetings this year between the two Western Conference rivals. It is also South Dakota Air National Guard night. Make sure you are in your seats before the start of the game for a special presentation of our nation’s flag during the national anthem. Tickets are available through the KELOLAND Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.