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Stampede Fly Past Central Illinois, 5-2

January 22, 2018 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Sioux Falls Stampede News Release

Bloomington, IL - Mikhail Berdin stopped 35 of 37 shots and Carson Dimoff added two goals as the Sioux Falls Stampede downed the Central Illinois Flying Aces 5-2 Friday night.

Adam Dawe had a goal and an assist while Nolan Walker posted two assists in the victory for the Stamped who are now 16-10-6 on the year and tied for fourth place in the Western Conference. It marked the first time ever the Stampede have won a game in Bloomington where they are now 1-1-2 all-time.

The Flying Aces were true to their name early in the first period as they put pressure on the Stampede and cashed in 9:45 into the contest. Max Andreev took the puck behind the Stampede net and sent a pass right in front of the goal to Jakub Lacka who was all alone and quickly wristed a shot into the upper right-hand corner of the net for a 1-0 lead. The celebration would be short lived however, as Matt Quercia tied the game just over a minute later when Marko Reifenberger sent a pass into the slot for Quercia who quickly wristed it through the pads of Ryan Snowden to make it a 1-1 game. The Aces outshot the Herd 14-7 in the period.

In the second Central Illinois outshot the Herd 14-5, but it was the Stampede who would register two goals in the period. Sioux Falls took their first lead of the night at 7:23 when Artem Ivanyuzhenkov tallied his 10th of the season. Kirill Panyukov got the play started over the offensive line where he sent a pass to Nolan Walker who skated in towards the goal before sending a pass to the left of the goal where Ivanyuzhenkov quickly tapped the puck into the net for a 2-1 advantage. It stayed that way until the 16:51 mark when the Herd connected on the power play. Nolan Walker sent a perfect pass from the top of the right circle to the left corner for Adam Dawe came in on the backdoor and one-timed the pass through the pads of Snowden and Sioux Falls enjoyed the comforts of a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. Mikhail Berdin was outstanding between the pipes, making two highlight reel saves to keep the Aces of the board and hold the two-goal advantage for the Herd.

Things got chippy in the third period and the Aces pulled within a goal at 6:02 when Griffin Lunn scored on a breakaway. Lunn broke into the Stampede zone and brought the puck to the slot where Berdin raced out trying to poke check the puck away, but Lunn was able to get around Berdin and backhanded a shot into the goal to make it a 3-2 game. From there the Aces gained some momentum, but Berdin and the Stampede defense stood tall preserving the lead. The Herd extend their lead at 15:52 when Adam Dawe broke into the Flying Aces zone, raced back behind the goal and sent a pass into the slot for Carson Dimoff who was wide open and quickly one-timed the puck into the net for a 4-2 lead. Sioux Falls would add an empty net goal from Dimoff with 15 seconds remaining to take the game by a final of 5-2.

Central Illinois outshot the Stampede 9-8 in the period and 37-20 in the game. The Flying Aces finished the night 0-for-4 on the power play while the Stampede were 1-for-2.

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