GAME DAY VS LINCOLN STARS (2-1-19)
WHO: Stampede (23-10-4) vs Lincoln (10-23-5)
WHEN: Tonight (Friday) 7:05 PM
WHERE: PREMIER Center
PROMO: Military Appreciation Night, pres. by Royal River Casino
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RADIO: KELO 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM or click here to listen live
VIDEO: HockeyTV: Click here
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Stampede face the Lincoln Stars for the fourth time this season. The Herd hold a 2-1-0 mark against the Stars, including a 4-2 win on New Year’s Eve in Sioux Falls. After tonight, the Herd and Stars will square off one more time this season, April 2nd in Sioux Falls.
STAMPEDE UPDATE: The Stampede earned a hard fought 6-4 win over Central Illinois last night at the PREMIER Center. Six different players scored goals while Austen Swankler led the way with a goal and an assist to lead the Stampede to victory. Swankler tallied the eventual game winner midway through the third period, marking the second straight game he recorded the winner for the Herd.
The win was the Herd’s fifth straight on home ice and 10th in their last 11 games inside the friendly confines of the PREMIER Center. The Stamped are now 15-3-2 since December 1st and enter tonight in third place tie with Des Moines with a 23-10-4 record.
Sioux Falls is led by forward Brian Chambers who has 31 points (13g, 18a) in 35 games while Artem Ivanyuzhenkov, Jami Krannila and Jared Westcott all have 29 points on the year. Ivanyuzhenkov leads the Stampede in goals with 17. In goal, Alec Calvaruso enters tonight with a 11-2-0 mark with a 2.61 GAA and a .889 save percentage.
STARS UPDATE: The Stars have started moving some players in preparation for next season, but it hasn’t affected their play on the ice. Lincoln is coming off a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The Stars have won two straight games and are 2-0-1 in their last three after dropping six straight. Brock Bremer leads the team in scoring with 25 points (11g, 14a) while Samuel Hlavaj has taken over between the pipes, going 2-5-1 with a 3.49 GAA and a .882 save percentage.
Up until last weekend, the Stars had struggled mightily on the road, but they earned three of a possible four points in Green Bay and are 3-10-3 away from home this season.
JERSEY AUCTION: Fans will have a chance to take home one of the game worn jerseys the players are wearing tonight right after the game with a live auction. Fans should head to Club Cambria and sections 103 and 104 to take part in the auction, hosted by our friends from Last Chance Auction Company. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Warriors Never Give Up.
THANK YOU: The entire Stampede organization would like to thank the men and women of are armed forces attending tonight’s game. THANK YOU for your service to our country. Thank you to Royal River Casino & Hotel for sponsoring Military Appreciation Night and to the over 60 local sponsors who donated tickets so that members of the military could enjoy tonight’s game at no cost. We can’t thank our community enough for your support!
FREE BEER AND SODA: SPECTRA is offering military members a FREE beer or soda with any basket purchase during the game on Friday. Simply present your military ID when purchasing your basket to receive the free beer or soda.
HOMEFRONT WARRIORS: Fans are encouraged to purchase $10 or $20 gift cards at area Lewis stores and bring those cards to the game on Friday. The first $500 in gift cards collected will be matched by Lewis. The cards will be given to Homefront Warriors which provides support for the families still at home when a soldier deploys. Their mission is to serve as a voice and relieve the stress and burdens that military families face while their soldier is serving overseas.
UP NEXT: The Stampede return home Friday night to host the Chicago Steel at the PREMIER Center. Puck drop is 7:05 PM and tickets are available through the PREMIER Center or Ticketmaster.