The Cheyenne Stampeded wrapped up their weekend series against the Texas Brahmas, dropping the last two games on Nov. 10-11. The Stampede hoped to follow up their Friday night success, but could not quite get the goals when they needed them.
The Stampede won their first game of the weekend on Friday Nov. 9 by a score of 2-1. The First period was scoreless, with both teams’ goaltenders outperforming each other. The period was a physical one, as both teams fought hard in the corners to gain possession of the puck. The second period continued to showcase the goaltending, as Stampede net minder Sam Mallory turned away shot after shot. The Stampede managed to get on the board first as Ryan Carroll moved the puck into the offensive zone before dishing it off to Noah Eckebrecht in the high slot. Eckebrecht then launched a wrist shot that beat the Texas goalie cleanly, giving the Stampede a 1-0 lead.
The game deciding goal was early in the third period. On a powerplay, Dario Trupina held the puck behind his own net, as Russell Armbruster swooped low and picked up the puck, before going end to end, splitting the Texas defense and putting a shot over the blocker of the goalie. The Brahmas managed one goal in the third, with Jack Norling netting a powerplay goal. Texas was unable to get anything else though, as the Stampede defense and goaltender held the line.
The Stampede came out aggressive in their second game of the weekend, with Noah Eckebrecht scoring a dazzling goal to get the Stampede on the board first. Kevin Rosset and Ryan Carroll worked the puck around the back of the net, before Carroll made a pass to Eckebrecht. Eckebrecht was hit on the play and as he fell, spun around and slid the puck straight into the net. Texas got on the net only a minute later with Petter Bulling chipping in a rebound to tie the game. The Stampede managed another goal on their powerplay late in the first, with Ryan Demyen scoring a goal off a Heath Lantz assist.
The second period showcased the Texas offense though, as they scored three goals to take the lead. Kevin Rosset scored on a shorthanded attempt late in the period, but it was the last offense the Stampede would get, as they could not solve the opposing goaltender Eric Messer. The third period saw Texas score one last goal to bring the score to 5-3, even as the Stampede continued to barrage the opposing team with shots.
Game three of the series opened with both teams showcasing their defense, as the first period went scoreless. The second period showed more offense though, as Texas got on the board first. The Stampede’s powerplay went to work mid-way through the period, as Heath Lantz netted what turned out to be the lone tally for the Stampede of the game. The third period saw the Brahmas score the game winner, but the Stampede never let up, continually pummeling the opposing team with both hits and shots. The Stampede racked up 54 shots,(compared to 22 from Texas(, on goal, and was relentless in front of the net, but to no avail as the Brahmas defense and goalie shut the door, resulting in a 2-1 loss for the Stampede.
The Stampede will look to bounce back as they take on the Arizona Redhawks Nov. 16-18. Nov. 16 is also Central High School night for fans. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. local time.
Story by Matthew Humphrey, Stampede Beat Writer