Losers of their last four contests, it's easy for fans to say the Stampede are limping into the playoffs. But, to those on the ice...it's not that big of a deal.
"We really hadn't had good practices heading into those weekends, and it's a long season. It's also a good reminder for the guys to put in good attention in to detail," Stampede head coach Cary Eades said. "I don't think its any big thing"
For their first opponent of the postseason, the Stampede will need to be on track. The Waterloo Black Hawks are the Western Conference's number one seed.
"Waterloo is an excellent hockey team, obviously best team in the regular season," said Eades. "But, the last two times we played them, we played them very well. We ended their long winning streak at home, and took them to overtime there. We match up very well with them"
"You know they are a fast moving team and they get the pucks in," CJ Franklin a forward with the Stampede said. "We just have to stop their pace and maybe exceed it. We will be fine..."
As the Herd prepare for this match up they'll have a sour taste in their mouths. Last season Sioux Falls had the West's top record heading into the playoffs, but lost in the semifinals to Fargo. Now the Herd would like for the top seed Black Hawks to make an early exit this season
"Just makes you want it more, want to beat the top dog and get them off their pedestal," said Franklin. "Beating them would give us confidence heading into the next round"