The Stampede headed to Brooklyn for the first road series of the 2015-2016 season to face last years Tier lll National Championship runer-up Brooklyn Aviators. The Stampede entered game one after some travel delays and some very heavy bus legs. The teams were dead even after the 1st period with the exception of giving up a five on three powerplay goal to the Aviators. "I think we were with them for the most part over the first two periods of play, then we just more or less began to run out of gas." Stated Stampede Coach, Mike Beavis.
The second period of game one was much like the first with very tight checking. The Stampede were caught on a power play with no one back and a mis played puck by goaltender Ryan Scheide resulted in a 2-0 lead for the home team. The Stampede battled back to cut the lead to one but by the end of the second period the Stampede found themselves down by two once again. The Aviators were relentless in the 3rd and the Stampede gave up too many opportunities allowing the home team to spread their lead to 6-1. After a time out with under 7 minutes remaining the Stampede regained composure and literally took the play to the home team, but it was just not Syracuse's night.
Game two showed a much better Stampede team as the two teams fought hard throughout the game in a back and forth battle that had the Stampede jump out to a 1-0 lead before allowing the home team to knot things up after one. The teams battled hard and were all tied up 2-2 with a little over two minutes to play before Aviators forward Daniel Backstrom netted his 3rd of the game to eventually seal things for the Aviators.
Game three of the weekend showed pretty much the same action for both teams but Syracuse just couldn't get their offence to click and were out scored 3-0 combined with the great effort of Aviator netminder Stephen Mundinger who was in net for the home team all weekend and earned a shutout in Sunday's match-up. "They are a decent team with a few very good players and with a 6'7" goalie there is not a whole lot to look at for net. They play a very chippy style of play and I had to continuously preach composure and discipline to our players." added Beavis.
The Stampede found that when they stuck to their system set for games two and three that they limited chances for the opposition but with the lack of fire power and a few minor mistakes they were unable to register a win on the road.
Coach Lefevre was unable to attend the trip last weekend but watched game one on Fast Hockey and was able to see what this years squad was capable of. " I think we were a faster team and stayed with them in game one for the most part but the turning point was the mistakes and not getting to rebounds both on their net and ours". Stated Coach Lefevre.
The Stampede get back to work today at Morrisville and will have two weeks to prepare for Roc City. "We will be tweaking the line-up a bit this week now that we have taken a good look at the lines. We have to find ways to score and our power play needs tons of work " added Beavis.
Both theams struggled a bit on the power play this past weekend but were very good on the PK. "All in all I am happy with the team as well as the bonding that took place during our first trip. It's early and there is a lot of hockey to play, I think we will be around deep into the season and playoffs this year after we adjust a bit." Stated Beavis
The Stampede travel to Roc City on Friday 9/25 for a single road game before starting a very long October road schedule with the first 14 games of the season being played on the road befor opening up at home in Morrisville on the 31st of October to face the Brooklyn Aviators.