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Stampede Fall To Sioux City

February 18, 2012, 10:43 PM

Stampede Fall To Sioux City
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The 5th annual Sioux Nation Pet Clinic Wiener Dog Races didn’t disappoint and neither did the game, although the Stampede fell 5-2 to I-29 rival Sioux City on Saturday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. The Stampede set a franchise record for most penalty minutes in a game with 102 and a record for most combined penalty minutes of 208, all in front of a crowd of 4,511 at the Arena. The loss dropped the Stampede to 13-25-3 while Sioux City improved to 19-23-1 on the season.

A line brawl during the second period saw Joseph Lordo, Ed McGovern, Justin Selman, Kyle Rankin and Dan Carlson dropped the gloves with five Sioux City players and even goaltender Jay Williams got into the action when he went at it with Sioux City netminder Matt Skoff at the 7:16 mark of the second period. It all happened after the Musketeers took a 3-2 lead just seconds later on a goal from Maxim Gaudreault. Joseph Lordo was checked from behind moments earlier and tried to get Josh Erickson to drop the gloves and it eventually led to the whole line dropping the gloves and squaring off. That proud the near capacity crowd to their feet, but also meant both teams would have to replace their goaltenders and would be five players shorter on the bench for the rest of the game.

After the Musketeers jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 3:42 into the game, the Stampede bounced back late in the first period when Todd Skirving scored at 13:24. Skriving tipped a pass from Joseph Lordo into the upper left hand corner of the net for his 11th goal of the season. Just over two minutes later the Stampede would tied it on a goal from Austyn Young. Young tallied his ninth of the season when he wristed a shot just outside the right circle past the stick of Skoff to make it a 2-2 game after one period.

Gaudreault gave the Musketeers the lead back at 7:09 before the big bench brawl. Things settled down after that, but the Musketeers got a big goal from David Goodwin who picked up a rebound off a shot from Brad Robbins and beat Stampede netminder Charlie Lindgren to make it a 4-2 game after two periods.

The Stampede tried to battled back in the third, but couldn’t get anything past Sioux City goaltender Austin Priebe who stopped all 13 shots faced in the game to secure the win for Sioux City. The Stampede finished the night 0 for 5 on the powerplay while Sioux City was 2 for 3. Jay Williams stopped 15 of 18 shots in goal while Charlie Lindgren stopped 14 of 15 in relief.

Benny was the big winner of the Wiener dog race as he beat out Lois by just a nose for the grand championship of the Sioux Nation Pet Clinic Wiener Dog Races!

The Stampede return to action next Friday when they travel to Tri-City before returning home next Saturday to host Omaha at 7:05 PM.

Courtesy: Jim Olander, SF Stampede

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