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Stampede go for weekend split in Muskegon

By Jim Olander, 02/17/19, 9:15AM CST


Herd look to pull out a win in final game of long road trip


WHO: Stampede (26-12-4) at Muskegon (31-9-3)

WHEN: Today (Sunday) 2:15 PM

WHERE: L.C. Walker 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 Muskegon Lumberjacks in the final game of their weekend series. Muskegon took the opener last night, 5-3 at L.C. Walker Arena. After tonight these two teams will not meet again this season.  

LAST NIGHT:  The Lumberjacks scored early in the first, second and third periods and topped the Stampede 5-3 in the opening game of the series. Sioux Falls got goals from Max Crozier, Brian Chambers and Blake Bride, but couldn’t slow down the league’s stop scoring offense.

Artem Ivanyuzhenkov was flagged for a five-minute major early in the game and showed the door, putting the Stampede shorthanded and the Lumberjacks took advantage to take a 2-0 lead in the first. Max Crozier got the Herd on the board at 11:51 to bring the Herd back into the game and appeared to tie the game later in the period on a power play goal, but that goal was waved off after review for being kicked in.

The Lumberjacks stole to momentum and tallied three unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead before the Stampede got back into the hockey game with two goals in the third.

STAMPEDE UPDATE: The Herd have loss back-to-back games for the first time since the end of November. Sioux Falls enters tonight just four points back of second place Waterloo with two games in hand and have a three-point lead on fourth place Des Moines.   

LUMBERJACKS UPDATE: Muskegon showed why they sit atop the Eastern Conference and have won 31 games this season. They enter today averaging 3.95 goals per-game, second best in the USHL. They also rank second in goals-against, allowing 2.68 per-game. The Lumberjacks are a tough team to beat when they get the early lead. Muskegon is 23-2-0 when scoring first and 21-2-1 when leading after one period this season.  

UP NEXT:  The Stampede close out their five-game road swing on Friday in Sioux City at 7:05 PM. Fans can catch the game live on KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM and starting at 6:40 PM with the Splash City pre-game show.

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.