October 25, 2021
Stampede Battle Hard in Hershey
The Stampede traveled to Hershey, PA this past weekend to face off against fellow USPHL newcomers, the Hershey Cubs in a two-game road series. After battling hard in two close contests, including one exciting overtime finish, the Stampede fell just short, losing both games by a score of 5-4.
The weekend road trip started with a Friday night matchup. In what ended up being a very back-and-forth contest, the Cubs would walk away the victors by a final tally of 5-4. After the Cubs got out to an early 1-goal lead, the Stampede answered back late in the first with a goal scored by Derek Pine, assisted by Max Ciepiela. The Stampede would open the second period scoring with a goal by Parker Bonsignore, Assisted by Bryson Miller and Caden Cranston. The Cubs would then reel off three back-to-back goals in the middle of the period to take a 4-2 lead. Not to be deterred, the Stampede would answer back with goals by Caden Cranston, assisted by Jace Cranston and Parker Bonsignore, and Parker Bonsignore, assisted by Jace Cranston, to tie the game at 4 going into the second intermission.
As the teams came out of the locker room for the final period, both battled hard looking to take the win. As the period neared the half-way point, the Cubs scored a fortuitous go-ahead goal at the 8:04 mark. Despite numerous scoring attempts by the Stampede, this goal would end up being the game winner for the Cubs. Luke Remenyi had another characteristically busy night in net, and turned in a strong performance, stopping 62 of 67 shots on the night.
Both teams were back at it in a Saturday night rematch. While the game saw a similar back-and-forth scoring pattern, and an exciting overtime finish, the Cubs would once again pull out a 5-4 victory to win the weekend. After the Cubs took an early lead in the first, Caden Cranston would answer back with a goal scored in the final minute of the period, assisted by Bryson Miller and Jake Ruchala. The Cubs would score the lone goal of the second period to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
Looking to answer back in the third, the Stampede opened the scoring with back-to-back goals by Caden Cranston (unassisted) and Blake Dewey, assisted by Max Ciepiela and Parker Bonsignore. The Cubs would then respond with back-to-back goals of their own to retake a 4-3 lead. Not going away quietly, the Stampede would once again tie the game up with a goal by Caden Cranston at the 14:35 mark, assisted by Bryson Miller, to take the game into overtime. The Cubs; however, would waste little time, as they scored the game-winning goal just 36 seconds into the bonus period to take home the victory.
Luke Remenyi had yet another busy night between the pipes, stopping 61 of 66 shots on the night.
The Stampede are back on the road this week for a Thursday afternoon matchup against the division-leading Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights. Face-off is at 1:00 PM and you can catch all of the action live at www.hockeytv.com!