The Stampede split this weekend on the road in Stockholm, NJ as the faced the Skylands Kings. In game one of the weekend on Saturday night the Stampede came out on top of of the Kings in an offensive filled contest.
Oswego 8 @ Skylands 7 – Mark Mannarn netted his second goal of the game late in the contest to put the Oswego Stampede ahead for good, as they notched an 8-7 win over the Skylands Kings thanks to Mannarn’s game-winner. Tommy Kilway and Dylan Gulick also posted a pair apiece for the Stampede, with Dmitri Christou and Joey Gallo scoring as well. For Skylands, Jake Cicalese recorded a hat-trick, Khole Hibbert struck twice and Trevor Christopher and Steven Ford each lit the lamp once. Ben White and Colin Burgess earned the win with a combined 52 saves.
In game two on Sunday both teams faced-off again with Skyland coming out on top after a very strong comeback attempt by the Stampede.
Oswego 4 @ Skylands 5 – The Kings put up four goals in the first period and held off a furious comeback attempt by the Oswego Stampede in the final 40 minutes to ultimately win 5-4, notching their first win in the process. Steven Ford starred with a hat-trick, including the game-winner, Zach Burkhart and Zakary Sparks added a goal apiece and Josh Sears stopped 38 of 42 in the net. Nick Snyder, Rich Hart, Mark Mannarn and Tommy Kilway struck for Oswego.
“Saturday was not a good night defensively for us as we had a bit of trouble in our own zone. We ended up on top but it definitely showed us where we need improvement. On a positive note we were able to find our offense again for sure.” stated Coach Beavis. “Sunday was a very bad start for us as we allowed four goals in the first period. The guy’s responded well and battled back with a strong 40 minute effort but we just fell short. I think we have a very good team this season and if we can build on the positives and put together a full 60 minutes we will be a very hard team to play against this season.” added Beavis
The Stampede are currently in second place in the Northeast division and will host the Maine Wild this coming weekend at “The Fort” in Oswego. Be sure to catch all the action live this Saturday night beginning at 7:30 PM and again on Sunday with puck drop at 1:00 PM “Stop out and support your team Oswego !” Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for teens and as always children 12 and under are free. If you can’t catch the game live you can see all the action on hockeytv.com