The Stampede faced off VS the Wilkes Barre Miners this past weekend with third place in sight in the NA3EHL Western division. Friday's game was a strong showing for the Stampede as Kyle VanWagner was perfect in the net and goals coming from Hunter Soden (2) Kelsey Head (2) Nick Sanborn (2) and single tallies added by Nate Walker and Ryan Gilroy. The Stampede compiled 52 shots on the Miners while limiting the visitors to 31 in the contest. "It was nice to see the guy's gain some confidence in this one, they worked hard" stated coach jason Lefevre
In game two on Saturday the Stampede looked to potentially grab 3rd place in the league. But it didn't take long to find out that Wilkes Barre was not throwing in the towel just yet. The Miners bolstered their line up on Saturday with Ryan Flanigan returning back to the line-up. "Ryan is a very good player that sees the ice well and if you allow him room he will hurt you." sated Stampede coach Mike Beavis That is exactly what happend in this one as Flanigan had 1 goal and 2 assists in the contests as the Miners edged the Stampede 6-3 Tanner Kahlau, Brett Welsh and Zach O also added goals for the Miners while Josh Wallace (2) and Nate Walker added the only Syracuse tallies. The game was well played by the Miners and they made the most of their chances by scoring on 6 goals on 36 shots against Syracuse in the contest while Syracuse just could'nt muster the firepower they had in game one of the weekend. "Over Confidence ?, mental mistakes and under estimating your opponents as well as a lack luster work ethic hurt us in this one." stated Beavis
In game number three on Sunday morning the Stampede looked to rebound with hopes of still landing in third at the end of the weekend. Once again Syracuse got of to a less than desired start giving up a goal to Wilkes Barre in the first minute of play on a hard working goal by Tanner Kahlau. Three minutes later the Miners newest addition Connor Landregan netted his first of two goals in the game. "I got my first look at Connor in warm-ups and said to Coach Lefevre, We have to watch him, he can shoot the puck!" stated Beavis. The Stampede cut the lead in half with a very nice goal by Nick Sanborn at the six minute mark of the first but that was quickly answered by Ryan Flanigan for Wilkes Barre as he netted his 1st of two for the game. "Ryan is one of the best players I have seen in the league this far." stated Stampede coach Jason Lefevre. "He is like a ghost on the ice that finds the seams, guy's like that can really hurt you if you allow them time and space." added Lefevre The Stampede battled back in the second period to make it a one goal game on goals by Ludovic Scott and Kelsey Head. The teams entered the third period with the miners holding a 4-3 lead. The Stampede took advantage of some undisapline actions by the Miners going 3-7 on the powerplay and eventually taking a 6-4 lead with 5 minutes left in the contest. The Miners made a comeback atempt with Rayn Flanigan making it a one goal game with less than a minute to play but Syracuse held on for the 6-5 win. The Stampede compiled 53 shots in the contest while the Miners had 32 on Syracuse's Ryan VanWagner for his 9th win of the season. The victory moved Syracuse into 3rd place in the West. Syracuse will host the 1st place Jersey Shore Wildcats next weekend with games on Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday at 11 am at the Ice-Plex on the campus of Morrisville State College.