The Cheyenne Stampede completed the sweep of the New Mexico Renegades Sunday Nov. 25 with an 8-3 victory, sealing up all six points for the weekend. They opened up the series Friday Nov. 23 with a 7-4 victory, and then followed it up with a 10-2 win.
The Stampede completed the sweep Nov. 25 and they set the tone early. The Stampede scored in the first minutes of the game with a Kevin Rosset goal that was assisted by Noah Eckebrecht. New Mexico tied the game up after killing off a five minute penalty, but the Stampede offense roared back, scoring 2 more goals in the first period. Defenseman Dominick Manochio unleashed a slapshot from the point that Thayne Trumbull tipped in on the powerplay. Levi Shryack then tipped in a shot from Ian Johnson to give the Stampede the lead heading into the second. Not even a minute into the second period, Andrew Baggen assisted on Rosset’s second goal of the day. New Mexico answered with a goal, but the Stampede quickly returned the favor, when Trevor Zakrajsek sniped a goal from the faceoff dot on a rush. New Mexico only managed one more goal, before the Stampede scored three unanswered through the second and third to give them an 8-3 win. Noah Eckebrecht, Ryan Demyen and Kevin Rosset had the last three goals. Rosset also had a hat-trick on the night.
The Stampede put on an absolute clinic Saturday Nov. 24, scoring six goals in the first period alone. Ryan Demyen, Noah Eckebrecht, and Kevin Rosset each had two goals apiece in the game, with Derek Smith, Levi Shryack, Russell Armbruster, and Thayne Trumbull all scoring goals as well. Everything clicked for the Stampede as they scored on the powerplay, killed off all their penalties, and never let off the gas, cruising to a 10-2 victory.
Friday Nov. 23 saw the Stampede open their weekend against New Mexico, and both teams traded goals throughout the game. Trevor Zakrajsek netted the first goal off a Ryan Carroll assist as the lone goal in the first period. The second period saw the Renegades get on the board off a powerplay goal, but the Stampede answered with two powerplay goals of their own. Levi Shryack and Dorran Masters both scored to give the Stampede a 3-1 lead heading into the third. The Renegades scored early in the third only to be answered by Kevin Rosset who connected a pass to Noah Eckebrecht who then scored. New Mexico scored two more goals to tie the game at four apiece. The Stampede rallied, and took the game into their hands scoring three goals in the last seven minutes of the game. Andrew Baggen scored the game winner, followed by Dorran Masters getting his second of the game on the powerplay. Ryan Demyen wrapped the game up with a final goal.
The Stampede will have a week off from games, before heading to Boulder for a game on Dec. 7, and then returning home for a game against Boulder on Dec. 8.
Story by Matthew Humphrey, Stampede Beat Writer