The Stampede traveled to Jersey Shore this past weekend to face the 1st place Wildcats with hopes of holding on to third place in the Western division. But once again the offence just couldn't make things happen for the Stampede. In game one the two teams battled in what was a great game to watch with both teams having several scoring chances but the Stampede ended up on the back end of a 3-0 win for the Wildcats. Syracuse was without Nate Walker,Josh Wallace and Nick Mandia on Saturday and also suffered a huge loss when Nick Sanborn went down with what looked like a possible broken collar bone.
Sunday's game was pretty much the same with the exception of Jersey Shore more or less closing the door on the Stampede in the second period scoring three times and eventually cruising to a 5-0 win for the 1st place Cats. "I don't think we played bad this weekend, we stuck to our systems but just couldn't capitalize on any of our chances". Stated head coach Mike Beavis. "Anytime you can keep things close against a team like Jersey you give yourself a chance. They are beatable, like we showed last weekend at home." Beavis added.
The Stampede are now tied with Roc-City in 4th place a point behind the Lockport Express, which climbed into 3rd this past weekend. "Our focus is to go into Rochester this Friday and potentially grab third place with a win before the holiday break." Stated Beavis The two teams will meet this Friday at 8 PM at Lakeshore arena in Rochester. The Stampede will then begin a long holiday break before returning to action Saturday and Sunday, January 9th and 10th to once again host the Jersey Shore Wildcats at Morrisville State College in the final regular season match up between the two western division teams. "Even though three weeks off is a very long time, it tends to bring new life to things. Guy's have a bit of time to unwind and enjoy families and friends as well as heal bumps and bruises before we head down the stretch for the playoffs." added Beavis.