October 4, 2021
Stampede Drop Two to Elmira
The Stampede faced off against fellow New York state rivals, the Elmira Jr. Enforcers in a home-and-home series this past weekend in what looks to be season-long rivalry. In the first two of a six-game season series, the 2021 Nationals participant Enforcers would take two wins from the Stampede.
The series kicked off at home on Friday night at Cornerstone CFCU Arena. After a physical first period in front of the home crowd, the Stampede went into the locker room at the first intermission with a scoreless tie. Elmira would get the scoring started in the second period as they netted the first goal of the game just 1:12 into he period. As the second period neared an end, Bryson Miller would get the Stampede on the board at the 14:57 mark with a goal assisted by both of the Cranston brothers, Caden and Jace.
Coming back to the ice knotted at one a piece in the third period, the Jr. Enforcers took charge, scoring three back-to-back goals in the first 11 minutes to take a 4-1 lead. Not going away without a fight, the Blake Dewey scored his second goal of the season at the 12:57 mark, assisted by Max Ciepiela and Joe LoBrutto. As the Stampede looked to make a comeback, the Enforcers put the final nail in the coffin as they scored their fifth and final goal of the night to secure a 5-2 victory.
Netminder, Luke Remenyi got the start in net for the Stampede and had a busy night, turning away 47 of 52 shots.
The Stampede loaded up the bus on Saturday and hit the road for the three hour drive to Elmira for the second game of the weekend series at Murray Athletic Center. In a similar fashion to Friday’s game, the first period would see a 1-1 tie, after Max Ciepiela scored the Stampede’s first goal of the game, assisted by Joe LoBrutto and Brendan Bastian. The second period; however, would be all Elmira as they scored 6 consecutive goals to take a 7-1 lead into the second intermission. Jace Cranston would look to lessen the damage as he scored the Stampede’s second goal of the game, assisted by Joe LoBrutto and newcomer, Owen Norman.
Joe Willis got the start in net for the Stampede and stopped 26 of 33 shots in the first two periods, before being relieved by Matt McDermott, who would stop 6 of 6 shots in the final period.
The Stampede are back in action this upcoming weekend as they will play four games in three days at their first showcase of the season. You can catch all of the action live on HockeyTV!