The Stampede swept the Maine Wild this past weekend at home to move to .500 on the season and retain 2nd place in the Northeast division. On Saturday the Stamp took game one 4-3 and in game two on Sunday the home team sealed the sweep with a 5-4 victory.
Game one recap: Maine 3 @ Oswego 4 – Elijah Morris potted the deciding tally just 57 seconds after a tying effort by Elijah Older to lift the Oswego Stampede to a 4-3 win over the Maine Wild on Saturday. Chandler Bilodeau got the Wild on the right foot early, but was cancelled out by a pair of Oswego strikes from Dylan Gulick and Morris. Maine’s Dylan Demers tied the game heading into the third period, but Nick Snyder restored the Stampede advantage ahead of the goal exchange between Older and Morris midway through the third. Colin Burgess took the win with 25 saves, countering Andrew Ghimpeteanu’s 31-save showing in the Maine cage.
Game two recap: Maine 4 @ Oswego 5 – Joey Gallo nabbed the deciding goal to cap off his hat-trick on the night and the Stampede held off a late rally by the Wild to record a 5-4 win on Sunday. Mark Mannarn and Rich Hart posted the remaining tallies for Oswego, while William Godbout, Mitchell Bliss, Jeff Murphy and Chandler Bilodeau scored for Maine. Ben White earned the win with 33 saves in the Stampede cage, countering 23 stops by Chris Rodrigues at the other end of the ice.
“Anytime you can grab all four points in a weekend its a good thing but at the same time we have a lot to focus on. Discipline and composure are key factors and almost cost us a game on Sunday.”states head coach Mike Beavis. The Stampede had a 5-2 lead going into the third period and took a series of what coach Beavis referred to as as non disciplinary penalties that lead to power-play opportunities for the Wild that brought the game an momentum back within the Wild’s reach. “Guy’s just have to learn to have the mind set that you just have to play the game and shake off things you can’t control.” added Beavis. Coach Beavis also added that players looking to reach a higher level of play need to realize that composure and discipline go a long way with coaches at higher levels of junior and college.
The team will get back to work this week in preparation for the their first meeting with the division leading Binghamton Senators this coming Friday and Saturday at “The Ice House Sports Complex” in Binghamton. The teams will face off at 8:00 PM both Friday and Saturday evening. If you can’t make the trip to Binghamton you can still catch all the action live on hockeytv.com