The Stampede took three games this past weekend into OT coming out with four points out of a possible six VS their opponents. In game one on Friday the Stamp hung in tough with the first place Binghamton Senators in a huge divisional match-up. Stampede net-minder Colin Burgess came up big in the game stopping 55 of 58 Binghamton shots. Both teams battled hard but with 2:52 left in OT Binghamton’s Zach Bell finished off his “Hat Trick” to send the home team crowd out of the building. “We played a very good game on Friday, we had chances late in the game with a couple of posts and missed opportunities that could have given us the win.” stated head coach Mike Beavis. The Stampede had a goal disallowed late in the third as well as two posts in OT that could very well have given the home team the victory.
In Saturday’s match up the Stampede and Skylands Kings paired up for a high scoring battle for second place in the division. The Stampede lead the game 4-2 after the first period and 6-4 after two. in the 3rd period the home team took four undisciplined penalties that allowed Skylands to knot things up with three minutes to go in the game. But in OT Marcos Zarragoitia netted the deal breaker to give the Stamp the 7-6 win. “Not the kind of game we like to be in defensively but at the same time it lead to some edge of the seat excitement for the fans” stated Stampede coach Travis Hyde.
In the final game of the weekend the same two teams set out to battle once again with a much different game unfolding. The Stampede jumped out to a quick first period lead on a goal from Wade Moak but the Kings answered back at the same time in period two to tie things up. The teams battled back in forth in what turned into a a goal-tending duel for both teams. The Stamp out shot the Kings 51-29 in the contest. The game went through OT with no winner and took it to a shootout, where the Kings Trevor Christopher scored the clincher giving Skylands sole possession of second place in the Northeast. “We had our chances in this one for sure but failed to execute. I think both teams came out a bit flat but I feel we played a bit better on the defensive side of the puck. It’s hard to play three in three but at this point we should be able to accomplish that with consistency.” Stated coach Beavis
The Stampede will get back at it today to prepare for the trek to Tyngsboro, MA. this week to face off VS the New England Stars at the Skate 3 Ice Arena both Saturday and Sunday. The Stars are currently in 3rd place in the Coastal division with a record of 8-4-1. The two teams met back in September where the Stars took a pair of victories back home from the Stamp. “They are a tough team for sure with a ton of speed as well as they clog things up really well in the neutral zone.” stated Stampede assistant Coach Travis Hyde. The Stampede will need to play well to grab some much needed victories this weekend for sure. Be sure to tune into hockeytv.com to catch all the action live from “Skate 3” in Tyngsboro, MA. Saturday beginning at 3:50 PM and again on Sunday at 11:50 AM