Sioux Falls, SD—Six different players scored goals as the Sioux Falls Stampede extended their winning streak to four games in a 6-3 victory over the U.S. Under-17 National Team Development Program Friday night at the PREMIER Center. Khristian Acosta, Mitchell Mattson and Matt Quercia all tallied a goal and an assist each in the victory while Jaxson Stauber earned his first career USHL win in goal with 37 saves. The Stampede improved to 8-4-5 on the year and have gained at least a point in all seven games during the month of November.
Team USA struck first just 4:04 into the game when Marshall Warren sent a pass inside the right circle where Danny Weight one-timed the puck past the glove of Stampede goaltender Jaxson Stauber to make it a 1-0 game. The lead didn’t last as the Herd responded with a goal of their own at 5:33 when Reid Stefanson sent a perfect pass just over the USA line and onto the stick of Lucas Breault who broke in and wristed a shot into the upper right-hand corner of the net to tie the game. Sioux Falls took their first lead of the night at 13:11 when a pass from Mitchell Mattson deflected off a USA stick, but still made its way to Kirill Panykov who quickly slapped the puck into the back of the net for a 2-1 Stampede advantage. Team USA outshot the Herd 19-8 in the period.
It remained just a one-goal game until the 14:22 mark when the Herd took a 3-1 lead on a rebound goal from Mitchell Mattson. A shot by AJ Villella was stopped by USA goaltender Spencer Knight, but the rebound bounced in front of the goal where Mattson stood and knocked the puck home for the Herd. Team USA responded with a goal just over a minute later when Ryder Rolston picked up a loose rebound in front of the net and beat Stauber to make it a 3-2 game. The period was far from over though as the Stampede regained their two-goal advantage at 17:48 when Jaxon Nelson deflected in a shot from the left point off the stick of AJ Villella for his first of the season. The Herd would make it a 5-2 game at 18:40 when Colin Swoyer’s shot went just wide of the net, but Khristian Acosta grabbed the rebound and knocked it past a sliding Knight to give the Stampede a three goal advantage heading into the second intermission. Sioux Falls outshot Team USA 15-12 in the period.
Team USA worked hard in the third period to get back into the game and tallied a goal at 7:28 of the period, on the power play, when Alex Turcotte wristed a shot past Stauber. The U.S. tried to use that as a rally, but the Stampede defense stood tall as Stauber stopped eight shots in the period and Matt Quercia sealed the game with an empty net goal just as time expired to give the Stampede a 6-3 victory.
Team USA outshot the Stampede 40-31 in the game and finished 1-for-4 on the power play while the Herd went 1-for-2.
The Stampede finish out the month of November with a home game against Tri-City on Saturday night at the PREMIER Center. The Storm hold the best record in the league at 12-3-0 and are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. Game time is 7:05 PM and tickets are available through the PREMIER Center or Ticketmaster. The Stampede office will be open at 12 PM as well for ticketing questions.