Stampede Rally for Road Win at Des Moines
Urbandale, IA - The Sioux Falls Stampede scored twice in the third period to rally for a 2-1 victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers Friday night at Buccaneer Arena. Artem Ivanyuzhenkov and AJ Villella tallied goals for the Herd while Mikhail Berdin stopped 21 of 22 shots to earn the victory in goal. The win improved the Stampede's record to 17-11-6 and 9-5-2 on the road. Friday's continue to treat the Stampede well who are now 9-3-2 to start a weekend this season.
After a scoreless first period, the Stampede came out with energy and dominated the first ten minutes of the period, but could not find the back of the net. The Bucs would finally breakthrough for the first goal of the game at 12:11 of the period when Reed Lebster drove inside the left circle and wristed a shot that just squeaked between the pads of Stampede goaltender Mikhail Berdin and bounced over the goal line to make it a 1-0 game. Sioux Falls tried to rally in the period, but Bucs goaltender Roman Durny stopped all six shots in the period and Des Moines took a 1-0 lead into the final period.
The Stampede broke through at 5:15 of the third period when Artem Ivanyuzhenkov tallied his 11th goal of the season. Nolan Walker took the puck from behind the net and sent a pass through the slot to Ivanyuzhenkov who quickly wristed the shot through traffic and past the goaltender Durny. It remained that way until the 12:35 mark when Sioux Falls grabbed their first lead of the night, on the power play, courtesy of the birthday boy AJ Villella. Jack St. Ivany took the puck from behind the net and sent a pass into the left circle for Villella who quickly wristed it right past Durny for his second of the year and to give the Herd a 2-1 advantage on his birthday. Des Moines tried to rally to tie the game, but a late penalty made things difficult and the Stampede did a good job of killing the clock to hold off the Bucs and earn a big road victory.
Sioux Falls outshot the Bucs 23-22 on the night and went 1-for-5 on the power play while Des Moines was 0-for-4.
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