The Stamp remained a .500 team and increased their lead over the 3rd place Skylands Kings at the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine, MN. this past week. On day one the team got off to a slow start with and opening loss to the Rochester Grizzlies. Rochester 5 vs. Oswego 1 – Grizzlies forward Matthew DeRosa had two goals and an assist as Rochester kept pace with the West Division leaders thanks to a 5-1 win over Oswego. The Grizzlies jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to 1st period goal from Lucas Newman and three more goals in the 2nd period including two from DeRosa and another from Peyton Hart. Late in the 2nd period the Stampede would notch their lone goal, which came from Nick Snyder. Seth Bacon would add a 3rd period goal for the Grizzlies. Rochester goalie Liam Kelly made 14 saves in the win, while Stampede goalie Ben White made 29 saves in the loss.
In the second game of the showcase the Stampede finally found their rhythm but had to battle hard against a very tough team from Bozeman, MO. In a very good defensive outing by both teams. Oswego 3 @ Bozeman 2 – Tommy Kilway and Rich Hart struck in the final frame to help the Stampede complete a 3-2 comeback victory over the Icedogs on day two of the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine. Dominic Canic and Sterling Morin provided a pair of second-period tallies for Bozeman, sandwiching Dmitri Christou’s opening marker for Oswego. Colin Burgess earned the win with 14 stops, while Mikael Levokari suffered the loss with a nine-save showing.
The final game of the showcase pinned the Stamp against the Mid City Jr. Stars and former Stampede player Blake Wood. This game was picked as the #3 game of the entire tournament with the Stampede losing in OT on a Power Play goal by the JR. Stars. Mid Cities 4 @ Oswego 3 (OT) – Nick Snyder struck on the power-play two minutes into overtime to help the Jr. Stars take the 4-3 win over the Stampede in a game that featured three different tying goals in regulation time. Brandon Speights led the Stars’ efforts through 60, posting the two Mid Cities tying efforts to help force OT. Ryan Muckensturm scored as well for Mid Cities, while Dylan Candleana, Joey Gallo and Nick Snyder of Oswego countered for the Stampede. Noah Kinsinger and Francisco Clark-Silva combined for the win with 22 saves, while Colin Burgess stared down 21 of 25 shots for Oswego.
“All in all both coach Hyde and I were pleased with the guys in Blaine. Except for the slow start we played well and stuck to our game plan. We increased our lead in the standings and closed in a bit on Binghamton who sits on top of our division.” States coach Beavis. “It’s always great to see former players, teammates and visit with the NAHL and NA3HL coaches and staff as well as to be able to promote our guys to all the scouts in attendance. This year was by far the best showcase for player exposure I have ever seen.” added Beavis
The 2018 NA3HL came to a close on Tuesday at the Super Rink in Blaine and it certainly set a new standard for NA3HL Showcase events.
“We were very pleased with the scout turnout and they were treated to some great competion by our teams and players,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “It was a great opportunity for them to Showcase their skills and celebrate the league.”
Watch: NA3HL Showcase recap video on NA3HL.com for more information on the NA3HL and the showcase.
The Stampede players and staff will now take a short break for the holidays before hitting the ice on January second to prepare for start of the second half of the season and what they hope will be a very strong playoff run to the Fraser Cup in Chicago in March. The Staff of the Stampede would like to wish everyone a very safe and Happy Holiday season !!!