Sioux Falls, SD—The Sioux Falls Stampede snapped a three-game winless streak with an impressive 5-3 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers before 7,081 at the PREMIER Center Saturday night.
Ethan Phillips led the way with a goal and an assist while Austen Swankler added two assists. Alec Calvaruso collected the win in goal by stopping 19 of 22 shots as the Herd improved to 33-12-7 on the season and sit just two points back of Waterloo for second place in the Western Conference. The Herd have now earned a point in nine of their last ten games and are 19-4-2 at the PREMIER Center this season.
The Herd were hoping to buck a trend of giving up the first goal of the game, but it wouldn’t happen on this night as Sioux City tallied a goal just 2:24 into the game. Albin Nilsson wristed a shot that missed the net and hit the back wall, but bounced right back to him and he snuck it under the pads of Alec Calvaruso for a 1-0 lead.
The Herd would respond at 11:55 when Mason Klee wristed a shot on net that was stopped by Sioux City netminder Jake Sibell, but Ethan Phillips quickly scooped up the rebound and wristed the puck into the net.
Less than two minutes later the Herd had their first lead of the night when Anthony Romano tallied his 23rd of the season. Austen Swankler wound up for a shot that rolled off his stick and right onto the stick of Romano who quickly wristed the puck past a sliding Sibell for a 2-1 advantage.
The celebration would be short lived, however as the Musketeers would tie the game less than a minute later when Josh Boyer took the puck off the face-off and wristed it right past the glove side of Calvaruso to make it a 2-2 game. Sioux Falls outshot Sioux City 12-6 in the period.
The Herd took advantage of a lucky bounce to start the third, scoring just 1:01 into the period. Austen Swankler dumped the puck into the offensive zone and as Sibell went to play it behind the net, it bounced off the glass into the right circle where Cade Borchardt raced in and wristed a shot into the back of the net for a 3-2 lead. It remained that way until the 15:58 mark when Blake Bride picked off a Sioux City pass in the slot and quickly blasted a shot past the glove side of Sibell for his 11th of the season and make it a 4-2 game. Sioux Falls outshot Sioux City 9-6 in the second.
Both teams battled hard in the third period with Sioux City pressing to try and get back into the game. The Herd got a little padding on their lead at 12:44 when Brian Chambers tallied is 16th goal of the season. With the puck bouncing in the slot and in front of the net, Chambers was able to gather the puck on his forehand and slid to his backhand where he put it past the Musketeer goaltender to give Sioux Falls a 5-2 edge. The Musketeers would get a goal late, but that would be as close as they would get.
The Stampede were outshot 10-5 in the period, but outshot the Musketeers 26-22 on the night. They finished 1-for-6 on the power play while the Musketeers were 0-for-2.
The Stampede return to action Sunday afternoon with a 4:05 PM tilt in Omaha against the Lancers. Fans can catch the game live on KELO News Talk 1320-AM, 105.1-FM, 107.9-FM and KELO.com starting at 3:40 PM.