The Stampede rebounded last weekend from two tough games VS the Binghampton Jr. Senators to move back into 3rd place in the Northeast with a win against the Roc City Royals. Syracuse began the weekend one point out of 3rd but faced the NA3HL top team for two on the road in Binghampton. Syracuse twice held the league over the NA3 powerhouse into the second period. Within a few minutes during the second the Stampede lost forwards Nate Walker and Tristian Ayoubi to injuries which proved to be a huge concern for the remainder of the weekend. The already short benched Stampede was down to twelve skaters for the remainder of the contest and the weekend but battled hard but dropped both contests 6-2 and 8-2 respectively.
On Sunday the Stampede traveled to Rochester to face the third place Royals. The Stampede jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first minute of play on two goals from Nick Sanborn. Roc City never got going in the contest and the Stampede cruised to a 7-1 victory and reclaimed third place. Stampede goals were scored by Rich Hart, Matt Allen, Brett Lowe and Oscar Lande (2) as well as Sanborn. Goaltender Martin Sten picked up the win in net for the Stamp and Roc City’s lone goal was scored by Aidan Conolly.
The Stampede moved to 8-7 on the season and look to make a move on the second place Jersey Shore Wildcats before the holiday break in December. The schedule in the short future won’t be easy for the under staffed Stampede as they will face off this weekend at home VS the leagues top team again for two games on Friday and Saturday. The Stampede has added a couple players from the Central Penn Panthers of the NA3AHL to help out while waiting for players to return to the line up. Josh Watterson and Dennis Kohajda have been loaned to the team from the Panthers to help bolster the line-up. “Both guy’s skated with us this week and we felt they would help a great deal for the weekend. They fit in well with our guys and were willing to give us a hand so we made the move to bring them in.” Stated Coach Mike Beavis The Stampede worked with the staff of the panthers to make the move happen and would like to thank the organization for their willingness to step in and help out as well as to show their players that hard work pays off and can be rewarding. Both players will be in the line-up this weekend with the Stamp and we are certain that there will be several folks watching and cheering them on.