The Stampede traveled back to Binghamton for the second time this past weekend trying to rebound from a very lackluster performance on Friday evening in a contest that the Stamp allowed Bingamton nine unanswered goals. “Bingamton is good but we still need to find a way to be competitive. We are still very much in the playoff hunt and may have to face them in round one.” States Stampede Coach Kyle Althen. The Stampede currently sit in fourth place in the Northeast division and will likely face this strong Binghamton squad in round one of the playoffs. The Stampede will have plenty of time to figure them out before round one as the two teams will still have six more meetings after this weekend in the regular season.
In game two of the weekend Binghamton’s Jeffrey Zero posted a shutout, stopping all 18 of the Oswego Stampede shots throughout the game. The Junior Senators took the lead before the halfway point in the first on a goal from Ryan Reifler and never looked back.
Ryan Reifler chipped in with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and Domink Bogdziul contributed with 2 assists.
In the first, Reifler opened the scoring for Binghamton with what turned out to be the game winning goal at 10:13 with helpers from his linemates, Wilber and Bogdziul. Becker deposited a goal at 18:39.
In the second period, O’connor netted a goal at 14:20 with helpers from Reifler and Bogdziul.
In the third, Smith put in a goal at 11:33 with assists from his teammates Miller and Randall.
Stampede netminder Steven Kozikoski was voted 3rd star of the game for the second time in his last two starts VS Binghamton making 32 saves on 36 shots in the contest.
The Stampede struggled in the match up giving up two power-play goals as well as a short handed goal during the contest. “It was a tough one for us we lost a couple guys to injury during the game and were already short benched to start.” stated Stampede Coach Kyle Althen. The Stampede lost forward Josh Watterson (Hip) and defensemen Dimtri Christou (Shoulder) during the game. “We stressed to the guys that we had to stay out of the box (Which we did for the most part) but the two PP goals were the factor and to give up a short handed one just added to it. Bingamton has some highly skilled guys and you just have to limit chances. Five on Five it was a one goal game. I do give our guys credit for working hard and staying competitive.” added Stampede Coach Mike Beavis
The Stampede will be back to work this week preparing to take on the Roc City Royals in a home and home series Saturday at “The Fort”in Oswego and Sunday in Rochester at “Lakeshore Arena” Game time Saturday is 7:30 PM and Sunday’s contest in Rochester is at 2:00 PM Both games will be live on Hockeytv.com