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Surging Stampede & Black Hawks meet tonight

By Jim Olander, 02/09/19, 12:15PM CST


Herd have won four straight, Waterloo 8 straight entering tonight


WHO: Stampede (25-10-4) at Waterloo (27-10-4)

WHEN: Tonight (Saturday) 7:05 PM

WHERE: Young Arena

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 Waterloo Black Hawks for the fourth time this season and for the first time in Waterloo. The Herd are 2-1-0 against the Hawks who took the most recent meeting, 6-4, back on January 4th. After tonight these two teams will meet again on March 9th and March 26th in Waterloo.

STAMPEDE UPDATE:  The Stampede pushed their home winning streak to seven games with a wild 8-6 victory over the Chicago Steel last night at the PREMIER Center. The Herd have now won 12 of their last 13 games on home ice and are 17-3-2 overall since December 1st.    

It was 1-1 after one and 3-3 after two, but the third period got crazy with a combined eight goals scored in the period. Andre Lee led the way with a hat trick and even chipped in an assist in the victory for Sioux Falls. Ethan Phillips tallied a goal and two assists while Brandon Tabakin, Blake Bride, Artem Ivanyuzhenkov and Anthony Romano all added goals in the victory.

With the game tied at five, Andre Lee tallied his second of the night at 6:54 when he one-timed a pass from Jami Krannila on the power play to give the Herd a 6-5 edge. The Stampede would gain some breathing room seven minutes later when Anthony Romano knocked home his 14th of the year and the Herd never looked back, earning a 8-6 win over the Steel.

Tonight begins a stretch of five straight road games for the Herd and the second of six straight games against playoff contending teams. The Stampede have been outstanding at home and now will look to improve on their 9-7-2 mark on the road.

BLACK HAWKS UPDATE: Waterloo won their eighth straight games last night in Des Moines, downing the Bucs 4-2.The stretch of wins comes after the Hawks lost three straight games in early January and have been hot ever since. Solag Bakich tallied two goals in the victory while Logan Stein stopped 25 of 27 shots in between the pipes last night in their victory at Des Moines.

The Black Hawks have been just as good as the Stampede on their home ice, entering tonight with a 15-3-2 mark. A big reason for their success is their lethal power play which ranks first in the USHL at 29.4%. The Hawks have a scored an impressive 52 power play goals this season, the next closest team is Youngstown with 44. Waterloo is led by forward Matej Blumel who ranks fourth in the league in scoring with 49 points and has recorded three points against the Herd this season.  

UP NEXT:  The Stampede are back on the road next Friday, Saturday and Sunday as they visit the U.S. Under-18 and then Muskegon for back-to-back games.

The Herd return home on Saturday, February 23rd for the biggest game of the year, the 12th annual Sioux Nation Pet Clinic Wiener Dog Races! 40 dachshunds will compete on ice, but only one will be crowned as champion. Dakota Dachshund Rescue will be on hand with lovable, adoptable dogs inside the main concourse. Registration to race your dog is now open and fans can purchase tickets through the PREMIER Center or any Ticketmaster outlet.