The Stampede cashed in on their trip to Wilkes Barre last weekend taking 5 of 6 possible points from the Miners. Syracuse earned their first win of the 2015-2016 season of Friday evening besting Wilkes Barre 3-1. Both teams played well and were evenly matched with Syracuse putting a bit more pressure on the Miners goaltender outshooting the Miners 40-29. Syracuse goaltender Kyle VanWagner earned the win for the Stampede in goal turning away 28 of 29 shots he faced from the Miners and Syracuse cashed in on goals from Brenden Sand, Matt Emerick and an empty net goal by Rocco DeRollo to seal the victory. Wilkes Barre Miners goal was scored by Ryan Flanagan. Both teams were 0-3 on the powerplay. Miner goaltender Mathieu Beaudet turned away 37 of the 40 Syracuse shots on goal
On Saturday the two teams met again in a game that was a bit more crazy then game one as Wilkes Barre jumped out to a 3-0 lead by mid way through the 3rd period with goals being scored by, Kenny Myers (1) and Ryan Flanigan (2) and it looked as if the home team would enter the win column before the Stampede finally woke up and took advantage of two undisapline penalty's taken by the Miners late in the game. The Stampede got on the board with a goal from Nick Sanborn at 11:09 of the 3rd, before cashing in on (2) powerplays with Rocco DeRollo scoring both the first at the 12:59 mark and the second at the 14:40 mark to knot things up at 3-3. Then at the 19:31 mark and all the momentum in the Stampedes favor Nick Sanborn added his second of the game which proved to be the game winner to give the Stampede a huge come from behind win over the stunned Miners. " The guy's battled hard and never quit, I am very happy with the effort of both today's game as well as their performance yesterday." Stated Stampede Coach Mike Beavis. Kyle VanWagner earned his second win of the season turning away 34 of 37 Miners shots while the miners goaltender, Nolan Bivolcic stopped 48 of the 52 Stampede shots. The Stampede finished 2-3 on the power play while the Miners were 0-1
The two teams met for the final game of the three game series on Sunday morning and both teams battled back and forth with the Miners scoring first at the 6:11 mark of the secon on a powerplay goal by Ryan Flanigan. The Stampede answered back with a powerplay goal of their own just minutes later at the 9:34 mark of the second. The Stampede grabbed the lead at 4:53 of the 3rd period on a goal by Manny Rowe, but at the 15:47 mark it was the Miners turn to comefrom behind and Knot things up at 2-2 on a goal by Derrick Wruble. The overtime period had Syracuse getting several chances to seal the victory but the Miners netminder was a wall and the teams were still tied going into a shootout. Miners gaoltender Nolan Bivolcic stood strong and turned away all 3 Syracuse attempts and the miners sealed the victory on a pure snipe by Brandon McCulloch in his shootout attempt. Stampede goaltender Ryan Scheide faced 31 shots and had to settle for a point in shootout loss and Miners goaltender Nolan Bivolcic earned his first victory of the 2015-2016 season stopping 47 of 49 shots The Stampede was 1-3 on the PP while the Miners were 1-4. "Both teams played well and battled hard to the end, the Miners grabbed a much needed win but we are happy that we came into their rink and grabbed 5 out of 6 points on the weekend." added Beavis
The Stampede will hit the road again next weekend to Tyngsboro, MA. For the NA3EHL Eastern showcase hosted by the New England Stars at Skate 3 Arena. The Stampede will face off VS the Cape Cod Islanders on Friday afternoon at 4:00PM. The Stampede will then face the Skyland Kings at 1PM on Saturday and the final game of the weekend for the Stampede will have them facing the Wilkes Barre Miners at 9:20 AM on Sunday morning.