The Stampede played host to the NA3HL league leading Binghamton Senators this past weekend in a three game series. On Friday night at “The Fort” the Stampede Despite being heavily out shot 48-21, were able to hold off the Senators winning 3-2. After falling behind 1-0 early in the first period, the Stampede answered by scoring the games next three goals. Mark Mannarn led the way scoring two goals for the Stampede in the win. Goaltender Colin Burgess was the star of the game making 46 saves earning his 3rd win of the season. Senators forward Markus Cook scored his 20th goal of the season but was not enough to overcome the Stampede. “Colin came up big for us tonight with 46 saves and Mannarn was a huge part of the win adding two goals and playing both ends of the ice.” Stated Stampede coach Travis Hyde.
On Saturday evening the Senators showed up determined to prove why they are one of the top teams. Jeff Zero lived up to his name making 24 saves and earning his 3rd shutout of the season in the Senators 5-0 win over the Stampede. Mike Padgeon led the way in the scoring department recording two goals and two assists in the win. Markus Cook had a goal and an assist for the Senators as well. The Stampede were unable to get anything started going 0/5 on the Power Play. Ben White made 28 saves for the Stampede in the loss. “Tonight was a tough one, we just couldn’t get things going and Zero was on his game tonight in net for the Sens. It seems that at times we have a bit of trouble with consistency on a day to day basis but it’s early and we are seeing some good signs from the guys and Ithink in the end we will be a team that will be tough to beat.” States head coach Mike Beavis.
On Sunday’s “rubber match” the Stamp again showed that they may be just that team. The Stampede were able to control the Senators on the afternoon match-up despite a very strong 3rd period from the visiting Sens which included one Senators goal and 22 shots. Composure and discipline played some late issues for the The visitors as they got into some penalty trouble of their own late in the period helping to seal the victory for the Stampede. Much of the credit goes goaltender Colin Burgess who was absolutely fantastic making 44 saves in the win. Rich Hart led the way in the scoring department recording two goals. Marcos Zarragoitia was also key dishing out two assists in the win as well. Mason Fay scored the lone goal for the Senators. Thomas Sullivan made 37 saves in the loss. “Once again Colin was a huge part of this victory, it is always a great feeling to grab a couple wins from a top team.” States Coach Hyde. The wins were something special for both Burgess and Dylan Gulick as both players came to the Stampede from Binghamton over the past two seasons. “The guy’s worked hard this weekend for sure and deserve a ton of credit. This was all them and they stuck to the game plan and kept Binghamton in check in two of the three games.” added Beavis
The team will have a light practice week ahead and will also enjoy a rare off weekend to unwind a bit and get ready for their next games vs the Coastal division Northeast Generals that currently occupy second place in their division. The Gens come to town on Saturday November 17th and Sunday the 18th. The Stamp will look to jump back into second place in the Northeast and hopefully head into the mid season break as a possible contender in the NA3HL.