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Stampede Take Four Points, Host Des Moines Wednesday

January 8, 2007 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Sioux Falls Stampede News Release

The Sioux Falls Stampede earned two big West Division victories last weekend, topping Sioux City and Lincoln.

On Friday, the Stampede recorded a 4-1 win over the Musketeers who entered the game as the top team in the USHL. The Stampede built a 3-0 first period lead and never looked back. David Solway had a goal and an assist while Matt Lundin stopped 22 shots to earn the win in goal. It marked the first victory of the season for the Stampede over the Musketeers.

On Saturday, the Stampede made one of their best comebacks in franchise history. The Herd trailed 3-0 after one period and 4-2 after two, only to tie the game at four late in the third period to force overtime and eventually a shootout. The shootout would go nine rounds before Zach Hansen recorded the eventual game-winning goal. Matt Lundin stopped eight of nine shooters, including a spectacular save in the seventh round, in the shootout to earn the victory in goal.

The Stampede play host to Des Moines this Wednesday at 7:05 PM before traveling to Waterloo and Omaha Friday and Saturday.

FUTURE STAMPEDE PLAYERS

SHINE OVER WEEKEND-

Two players protected on the Stampede's "Futures List" posted impressive numbers over the weekend.

Eric Hartzell was voted "Best Goaltender" for the Dallas Stars "AAA" Midget team at the 42nd annual Kiwanis Midget Tournament in Ottawa, Canada last week. 40 teams from across the United States and Canada compete.

Hartzell finished the tournament 3-0-0 with a 0.93 GAA and a 94.6 save percentage while helping lead the Stars to the title and a perfect 7-0 mark in the tournament. Hartzell is now 15-3-1 on the season for Dallas with a 1.89 GAA and a .930 save percentage.

Jake Hansen (Forward), a first round draft pick in the 2006 Futures Draft, posted an amazing 12 points (6g, 6a) in his last two games for White Bear Lake! Hansen recorded six points (2g, 4a) in an 11-2 win over Park of Cottage Grove and six points (4g, 2a) in a 13-1 hammering of Hastings.

Jake, the brother of Stampede defenseman Zach Hansen, leads the Twin Cities area in scoring with 38 points (15g, 23a) in 15 games.

The futures list is made up of players in the U-18 category. The list contains players that can be added anytime over the course of the season, whether for full-time duty or as an injury replacement. These players do not have to play in 10 games to be given veteran status and be placed on a team's initial protected list. Each team is allowed to draft and assign four players to their futures list.

DID YOU KNOW???

*Corey Tropp has 11 points (5g, 6a) in his last nine games with the Herd.

*Matt Lundin stopped 57 of 61 shots in two games this weekend, including 8 of 9 in a shootout, for a 2.40 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

*David Solway has 10 points (8g, 2a) in his last 10 games.

*Zach Redmond has eight assists in his last 10 games.

*Chris Huxley is a +6 in his last five games.

STAMPEDE PLAYERS VISIT KIDS AT FROSTY FROLICS-

Stampede players Matt Lundin, Max Strang, Jake Bauer and Ryan Guentzel skated with kids at Tuthill Park in Sioux Falls Sunday afternoon.

It was all part of the "Frosty Frolics" event put on by the Sioux Falls Park and Recreation Program. The players helped future Stampede stars with their skating and passing for two hours. Afterwards, the players spent time signing autographs for the children.

The Stampede will all be taking part in their annual "Steak-Out For Needy Families" on Tuesday, January 23rd. Steak-Out Charbroiled Delivery on East 10th Street, Sioux Falls will DELIVER a Stampede Player to your home between the hours of 5:30-7:30 PM to collect blankets, coats and mittens. The first 100 Customers to call in a STAMPEDE STEAK-OUT dinner order will receive TWO (2) STAMPEDE TICKETS. More information will be available next week.

FOLLOW REED WHITING'S

TRIP TO SOUTH AMERICA-

Former Stampede defenseman Reed Whiting has hung up his skates, for now, and is traveling to South America for three months and is keeping a blog on his journey.

Whiting, a native of Rochester, MN, was part of the Stampede's inaugural 1999 team before heading off to The Ohio State University where he played four seasons.

To follow Reed's trip through South America, click on the following link http:

//www.travelblog.org/North-America/United-States/Minnesota/blog-114370.html and save it as one of your favorites. Currently, Reed has four different blogs posted for your enjoyment.

BRIGGS LEADS GOPHERS TO WEEKEND SWEEP OF MSU-MANKATO-

Former Stampede goaltender Kellen Briggs stopped all 28 shots faced while Alex Goligoski tallied the only goal in Minnesota's 1-0 win over MSU-Mankato last night in Minneapolis. The victory completed the weekend sweep of the Gophers who topped Mankato 5-1 on Friday. It also extended their school record and nation's longest unbeaten streak to 22 games (19-0-3).

Briggs stopped 61 of 62 shots on the weekend to improve his overall record to 11-0-2 with a 1.75 GAA and a .935 save percentage. Goligoski extended his consecutive point streak to six games.

Check the Stampede website tomorrow for a complete recap of how Stampede alumni did over the weekend.


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