Stampede Rally to Earn a Point in Sioux City
SIOUX CITY, IA - The Herd overcame an early 2-0 deficit in the first but were unable to hold their one-goal lead in the third period Tuesday night and ultimately fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Sioux City Musketeers at the Tyson Events Center. Maddox Fleming and Clint Levens each tallied a goal while Michael LaStarza tallied his first goal as a member of the Herd. Noah Grannan was solid between the pipes, stopping 44 of 47 shots. Sioux Falls earns a point in the standings by taking the game into overtime and a shootout.
The Stampede are no strangers to first-period struggles this season, and tonight was looking to be no different when Sioux City went up 2-0 just 7:54 in the first with goals from Tomi Leppanen and Tabor Heaslip. The Herd's power play would soon become the star of the period, though, as both Maddox Fleming and Clint Levens netted a power play goal apiece to come back and tie the game, 2-2. Fleming scored his fifth of the season at 15:55 in the period, blasting a shot from the top of the left circle off a pass from Brandon Chabrier. Levens would then net the equalizer on the Herd's next power play at 19:43, off a rebound in front of the net from a shot by Chabrier, his sixth of the season. The Musketeers outshot the Stampede 17-10 in the first.
Despite a scoreless second period for both teams, the Stampede were outshot 12-6 in the period. The Herd took their first lead of the night at 1:43 in the third as Michael LaStarza scored his first goal as a member of the Stampede, and 9th overall of the season, with a shot in the slot after taking a pass from Blake Humphrey. Just when it seemed like the Herd might be able to get by with a regulation win, the Musketeers tied the game back up at 16:41 when Ralfs Bergmanis tallied his third of the season, beating Noah Grannan glove-side. The game would then go into overtime, with the Herd outshot by Sioux City 14-6 in the period.
There were opportunities on both sides and some great saves by the Stampede netminder, who stopped two breakaways, but the extra five minutes were unable to produce a victor. Sioux City outshot the Herd 4-1 in the overtime period.
None of the three shooters for the Stampede would score in the shootout, leaving Sioux City to take the victory off a shootout goal by Ben Steeves.
The Stampede return to action Friday night in Des Moines as they take on the Buccaneers with a 7:00 PM puck drop. They then return Saturday night to the PRIMIER Center, hosting the Buccaneers at 6:05 PM for their second of a back-to-back. Tickets for Saturday night's tilt are available through the KELOLAND Box Office and Ticketmaster. Both games can be streamed on HockeyTV.
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