The Stampede travled to Tyngsboro, MA. This past weekend for the NA3EHL eastern division showcase. The trip proved to be a good one for the young Stampede team beginning on Friday evening with a very tigh played 3-2 overtime victory over the 2nd place Eastern division Cape Cod Islanders.
Rocco DeRollo scored at 3:58 of the overtime period to seal the victory for the Stampede. Tucker Bartenslager and Nick Sanborn added the other tallies for the Stampede. Kyle VanWagner earned the victory stopping 40 of 42 shots on goal for the Stampede. The Stampede penalty kill unit was strong during the contest giving up one power play goal to the Islanders on six attempts. The Stampede only had one power play advantage and were not able to connect.
Game two of the weekend put the Stampede up against the Skyland Kings. The Stampede defense played strong and held the kings to only two goals in the contest which was far less then the 4.4 point average they hold in this early season. Goals by Raymond Falso, Rocco DeRollo and the eventual game winner by Hunter Soden were enough in this one to match the two power play goals scored by Skyland's Hunter Ledwith for the 3-2 victory for the Stampede. Stampede goaltender Ryan Scheide earned his first victoty stopping 35 of 37 shots he faced,
The final game of the weekend matched two Western rivals with the Stampede facing the Wilkes Barre Miners. The Stampede jumped out to an early lead in the contest on a goal from Rocco DeRollo before the Miners Derrick Wruble knotted things up at 1-1. Nick Sanborn sealed the victory on a nifty power play goal in the final minute of regulation for the 2-1 Stampede win. Both teams were in the box several times during the contest with Wilkes Barre (7 penaltys 25 minutes) and Syracuse (46 minutes on 15 infractions) Stampede net minder Kyle VanWagner stopping 24 of 25 shots he faced, The Stampede outshot the Miners 32-25 and shut down the Miners power play without giving up a single goal on 15 attempts.
"The guy's played well this weekend but ran into some composure problems on Sunday against Wilkes Barre, discipline is something that we demand from our players and we could not get a handle on that for one reason or another on Sunday. Thankfully our Pk was on track and we kept the Miners at bay." Stated Stampede Coach Mike Beavis. The Stampede will have to do a better job of managing their composure next weekend as they will travel to face the 10-0 Jersey Shore Wildcats in a two game series in Jersey Shore.
The Stampede climbed to over 500 this weekend with a record of 5-4-1 on the season and hope to improve over the next several weeks and continue their way up the standings. "We are pretty happy with our defensive play at this point and our Pk has really begun to click. But we need to jump start our offence and get things going on the power play. At this point, it's a continuous work inprogress." added Beavis.