Stampede Get Shootout Win Over Fargo

Sioux Falls, SD—Kevin Conley scored in round two of the shootout and Jaxson Stauber stopped all three Fargo shooters as the Sioux Falls Stampede topped the Force 3-2 in a shootout before 7,435 fans on New Year’s Eve at the PREMIER Center.

The Herd improved to 5-0-0 against Fargo this season and earned their first shootout win of the year. Matt Quercia tallied a goal and an assist in regulation while Jaxson Stauber stopped 21 of 23 shots for his fifth win of the season. The Stampede improved to 14-8-6 on the year and trail Fargo by just three points for first place in the West.

After topping Fargo 3-2 in overtime on Friday, the Herd knew the Force would come to play so getting a goal first would be key and the Stampede did just that when Jaxon Nelson scored 11:42 into the game. Nolan Walker sent a pass through the slot to Nelson who kicked the puck to his stick and then skated in front of the net before backhanding a shot into the goal for a 1-0 lead. It would stay that way until the 16:17 mark when Ryan Savage picked up a loose puck in front of the Stampede net and slid it under the pads of Stauber to make it 1-1 after one. Fargo outshot the Herd 10-8 in the period.

After a scoreless second period in which the Stampede outshot Fargo 14-3, Sioux Falls regained the lead just 1:41 into the third period on Matt Quercia’s fourth goal of the season and second of the weekend. Grant Reichenbacher took the puck from the right circle and slid a perfect pass through the slot to a streaking Quercia who quickly one-timed it into the back of the net to give the Herd a 2-1 advantage.

Unfortunately, the Stampede would not hold it as Fargo would go on the power play after a questionable tripping call on Sioux Falls and the Force took advantage. Right off the face-off, Ty Farmer blasted a shot through traffic and into the upper right-hand corner of the net to tie it up a 2-2. Sioux Falls outshot Fargo 12-4 in the period, but the game would held to overtime.

Fargo outshot the Stampede 6-4 in the extra session, but neither team would score so the game headed to a shootout where Kevin Conley scored in the second round on a nice wrist shot from the slot. Stauber turned Fargo down all three times and the Stampede earned the victory.
Sioux Falls outshot Fargo 38-23 on the night and finished 0-for-2 on the power play while the Force were 1-for-4.

The Stampede return to action on Saturday when they host Madison at 7:05 PM at the PREMIER Center. The game is presented by Wheelco and tickets are available through the KELOLAND Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.