SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – The Stampede earned a 3-2 double-overtime win against Chicago in game two of the Clark Cup Final on Sunday.
The Stampede erased a pair of one-goal deficits to force overtime on Sunday. Max Crozier tied the game at 1 with a low wrist shot through traffic in the second period. After Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the third, Sam Stevens retied the game in the closing minutes with a highlight reel goal directly off the faceoff.
“I see Sammy has his hand on a different way, I’m like, what is he going to do? Then I just saw the ref drop the puck and he shot it. I couldn’t believe it, it just went in,” Forward Andre Lee said.
After 60 minutes of regulation, and over 36 minutes of extra hockey, the Stampede grabbed their only lead of the game, as Andre Lee beat Justin Robbins, giving Sioux Falls a 2-0 series lead.
“I saw him make a real, nice strong cut to the middle, and then a good release. It was a beautiful goal,” Head Coach Scott Owens said.
“Really nice play, phenomenal play. Just for him to bury that in double overtime in front of a crowd like this. It can’t get any better than that,” Defenseman Max Crozier said.
Lee’s goal wouldn’t have mattered if not for the continued stellar play of goaltender Jaxson Stauber, who stopped 30 of 32 shots, recording his franchise-record tenth playoff victory.
“He made some big saves in the second period when they had the momentum going and kept us in there. Then down the stretch, those are high pressure saves. You know he’s out, he’s square to the puck, he’s battling, he looks strong, and he gives our team a lot of confidence when he’s doing that,” Owens said.
The win moves the Stampede within one victory of their third Clark Cup championship.
“The series obviously isn’t over yet so we can’t celebrate too hard yet, but the guys are really happy, and we’re ready to get to Chicago,” Crozier said.
The Stampede take their first crack at title number three Friday night in Chicago. The puck drops at 7:05.