Stampede Loses 7-4 to Soaring Stars
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Sioux Falls Stampede held a 2-1 lead after the first period with their offensive struggles in the rearview, but a five-goal second period from the Lincoln Stars at the Ice Box Friday night gave the Herd their fourth straight loss. Jakub Lewandowski, Brian Carrabes, Josh Phillips and Tyler Coffey all scored, while goaltender Nate Reid made 28 of 35 saves in the contest. The Herd dropped to 1-4-0 on the new season.
The Stampede looked to payback the Lincoln Stars for spoiling their home opener last weekend at the PREMIER Center, as the Stars opened the Ice Box for the first time in front of their home crowd.
Lincoln forward Spencer Smith collected the first goal of the game, set up by Matthew Miller seven minutes into the contest. However, things looked promising early with both Jakub Lewandowski and Brian Carrabes scoring late in the period to give the Herd the 2-1 advantage.
Lewandowski scored his third goal of the season on a forward-backhand move across the mask of Stars' netminder Jacob Mucitelli. Gabe Temple provided the assist on the play to tie the game at one. Almost five minutes later Carrabes, who scored two goals in the previous game against Lincoln, wristed a shot from the left dot, picking the top left corner of the goal on the power play for the lead.
The game quickly turned south for the Herd with a few defensive miscues that allowed the Stars to seize a 3-2 lead two minutes into the second period. Forwards Josh Groll scored one minute in and Matt Barbiloni scored a minute later on the power play. Lincoln followed those two goals up with another on the power play from Travis Treloar to double the lead at four.
Stampede defenseman Josh Phillips was able to get one back for the Herd after a loose puck found its way to the high slot for the slap shot goal. The brief rally attempt was thwarted by forward Josh Lopina who scored 11:14 into the second period to keep the advantage at three.
Stars' forward Matthew Miller, who scored two goals in the Stampede home opener, tallied two more, once on the penalty kill, for the 7-3 advantage. The Herd had the final say of the game on a beautifully placed shot from Tyler Coffey at a bad angle at the 12:41 mark of the third period, but it wasn't enough.
The Stampede finished the night 1-for-8 on the power play and are now 3-for-23 on the season. The Stars finished the game 2-for-5 on the man advantage.
The Stampede continue their road swing with a trip to rival Fargo Force on Thursday, Oct. 17 with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. Fans can catch the game streaming live at HockeyTV.com or listen live on KELO Radio 107.9 FM, 1320 AM or Kelo.com.
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