Stampede Host Sioux City this Friday
The Sioux Falls Stampede return to the Sioux Falls Arena this Friday night when they play host to arch rival and West Division leading Sioux City Musketeers at 7:05 PM. Ticket's for this Friday's game are still available and can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location or at the Sioux Falls Arena Box Office.
Last week, the Stampede earned a weekend split of West Division opponents. On Friday, the Stampede topped the Lincoln Stars 5-1 at the Ice Box. David Solway and Alexei Dostoinov both recorded two goals each while Drew Fisher added a goal and an assist in the win. Max Strang was outstanding between the pipes, stopping 33 of 34 shots to earn his sixth victory of the season. Last night, the Stampede fell to the Tri-City Storm 5-0 in Sioux Falls.
The Stampede are now 11-12-2 on the season and will travel to Lincoln Saturday night after hosting Sioux City on Friday.
MALL GOLF IS COMING!
Back by popular demand "Mall Golf" returns to The Empire Mall for a second year. This special indoor fundraising promotion, created by the Sioux Falls Stampede Hockey Club in conjunction with the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire, will provide shoppers and visitors at The Empire Mall with a unique opportunity to play miniature golf on weekends from January 19th through February 25th.
MALL GOLF features nine authentic golf holes, each designed and by the area's most prominent home builders. The course will be spread out inside the wings of Macy's, Sears and Lane Bryant.
100% of the golf proceeds will support the Stampede Foundation For Kids benefiting Sanford Children's Hospital, the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire Educational & Scholarship Programs, and Special Olympics South Dakota.
For more information on this special event along with Mall Golf hours and to view details on how to organize your own tournaments, group play and to view holes, visit the Mall Golf website mallgolf.org
DID YOU KNOW???
The Stampede penalty kill ranks third in the USHL at 85.8%.
Corey Tropp's 13-game point streak came to an end last night in the loss to Tri-City. He tied Aaron Palushaj of Des Moines for the longest in the league. Tropp still leads the team in points with 28 and has 10 points (3g, 7a) in his last eight games.
Max Strang is 3-1-0 with a 2.26 GAA and a .920 save percentage in his last four starts.
Drew Fisher has seven points (2g, 5a) in his last eight games. After missing last night's game with an injury, Fisher is expected back into the lineup this weekend.
David Solway has six goals in his last eight games.
FORMER STAMPEDE STARS
LIFT GOPHERS TO TITLE-
Former Stampede stars Alex Goligoski, Mike Vannelli, Jay Barriball and Kellen Briggs played integral roles in leading the Minnesota Golden Gophers to their ninth straight Dodge Holiday Classic championship in Minneapolis this past weekend.
The Gophers topped Alabama-Huntsville 3-1 in the first game of the tournament Friday and Ferris State, 5-2, in the championship game Saturday. Goligoski and Briggs were named to the All-Tournament team with Goligoski being named MVP.
Goligoski recorded three points (1g, 2a) in the championship game, extending his point streak to four games, while Briggs stopped 33 shots to improve to 9-0-2 on the season. With his 76-28-8 career record, Briggs stands in second place on the school career wins list. He needs seven wins to match the Minnesota and WCHA record for career wins, currently held by Adam Hauser (83-50-16 from 1998-2002).
Barriball added a goal and an assist in the win while Vannelli tallied on helper on the night. Barriball has recorded a point in 17 of 21 games this season.
The win pushed the Golden Gophers (17-1-3) unbeaten streak to school record 20 games. The Gophers return to WCHA play this weekend with a home-and-home series against Minnesota State-Mankato.
BITTNER JOINS SERTICH IN IOWA-
Former Stampede forward J.B. Bittner was traded from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League to the Iowa Stars where he will join another Stampede alum in Marty Sertich. The Iowa Stars are the top affiliate of the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars.
Bittner, 24, played in 30 games for the ECHL Augusta Lynx this season and in two games for Portland. He had 30 points for Augusta, but was held scoreless in his two AHL games this season.
Bittner spent two seasons with the Stampede (1999-2001), registering 97 points (43g, 54a) in 108 career games.
Sertich is currently second on the team in scoring with 25 points (9g, 16a) in 33 games. Fans who may be traveling to the Stampede at Des Moines Buccaneers game on Saturday, February 10th should note that the Iowa Stars will host Grand Rapids on Friday, February 9th in Des Moines.