The Stampede rolled into Niagara Falls on Saturday afternoon and left town with four points and a record of 11-11-1-1 going into the Blaine Showcase. The Stamp widened it’s lead on the third place Skylands Kings in the NA3HL Northeast division to 5 points after the weekend.
In game one the Stampede jumped out to a two goal lead in the first period with goals by Dylan Candleana and Elijah Morris before the Powerhawks came back to answer with four consecutive goals in the second period. Ben White took over mid way through the second in goal in relief of starter Trent Wendt. The Stampede then got back to work eventually earning a 6-5 victory over the Hawks with 15 seconds left in the contest on a goal by Dylan Gulick. Stampede goal scorers in Saturdays contest were Candleana 2g/1a, Mannarn 2g/1a, Morris 1g/2a, Gulick 1g. Stampede goaltender Ben White picked up his 5th win of the season entering the game down 4-2 at the midway point. “We struggled a bit Saturday and had some big defensive lapses in the second period. There is definitely work to be done in going forward but we will take the two points!” States Stampede coach Travis Hyde. “Ben came up huge for us in relief and gave us the chance to get back on track for sure.”added Hyde
In game two the Stampede seemed to get back to work and control the play. Three separate two-goal efforts paced a high-octane Stampede attack in their 8-1 victory over the Powerhawks on Sunday. Dylan Gulick, Wade Moak and Joey Gallo each potted a pair apiece, while Tommy Kilway and Marcos Zarragoitia chipped in goals as well for Oswego. Raymond Conroy nabbed the ‘Hawks’ lone goal to ensure Stampede keeper Ben White did not earn a shutout, instead stopping 17 of 18 shots on the night. Josh Mitchell and Jonathan Sebastiano combined to post 31 saves for Niagara Falls. Ben White improved his record in net to a very respectable 6-5-0 on the season for the Stampede. “Overall we played a much better defensive game on Sunday. We had a bit of a breakdown on our systems late in the game which lead to the lone Niagara goal but all in all it was a good effort for us and we were able to grab all four points on the road this week heading to Blaine for the showcase which is huge.” States Stampede Head Coach Mike Beavis.
The Stampede will head to Blaine, MN next Saturday for the NA3HL Showcase and will be put to the test by some very talented teams in the league The Stamp will face off against the Rochester Grizzlies 17-6-0 on Sunday, The Bozeman Icedogs 15-7-3 on Monday and in the final contest they will face off VS the Mid Cities Stars 14-8-1 on Tuesday. The Stampede will then break for the Holidays and return to work on Wednesday January 2nd to get the second half of the season rolling and begin their playoff push. Catch all the action inBlaine on hockeytv.com