February 28, 2022
Stampede Split Weekend with Vengeance
As the Stampede rounded out their inaugural regular season at home this past weekend, they faced off against an inter-divisional opponent in the Pittsburgh Vengeance. Looking to secure the final playoff spot in the Atlantic West division, the Stampede were able to split the series and grab a much needed two points.
The series kicked off with a Saturday night matchup at Cornerstone CFCU Arena. It was the visiting Vengeance who would open the scoring with the lone goal in the first period. Looking to make a statement in the second period, it was the Stampede’s Joe LoBrutto who would answer the call, scoring the home team’s first goal of the game at the 6:52 mark, assisted by Santeri Husso and Jace Cranston. The Vengeance would again take the lead with their second goal of the game, but the Stampede would once again respond less than a minute later, as Joe LoBrutto scored his second goal of the game, assisted by Caden Cranston and Parker Bonsignore. Santeri Husso would give the Stampede their first lead of the game with just two seconds left in the second period, assisted by Joe LoBrutto and Bryson Miller.
Following a mostly scoreless third period, Caden Cranston would put the game on ice at the 19:02 mark with an assist from Santeri Husso, giving the Stampede a 4-2 victory. Joe Willis got the start in net for the Stampede and turned in a strong performance, stopping 33 of 35 shots to pick up the win.
The series continued on Sunday afternoon as the two teams rematched in the final regular season game of the Stampede’s 2021-22 USPHL season. Looking to bounce back from the previous night’s loss, the visiting Vengeance opened the scoring in the first period with a pair goals inside the first four minutes, just 24 seconds apart. The Stampede’s Dominic Loubert would work to chip away at the deficit with a goal at the 14:32 mark, assisted by Bryson Miller and Santeri Husso.
The second period was all Vengeance as they scored another pair of goals to take a 4-1 lead into the final period. The Vengeance again opened the scoring in the third period at the 8:51 mark. Jordan Brown would score the Stampede’s second and final goal at the 17:28 mark, assisted by Ryan Matthews; however, the late goal would be too little, too late to overcome Pittsburgh’s early scoring surge, and the Stampede would fall by a final score of 5-2. Matt McDermott got the start in net for the Stampede and stopped 28 of 33 shots on the afternoon.
The win on Saturday was enough to secure the fourth and final playoff spot in the USPHL’s Atlantic West division. The Stampede will now look ahead to their first round playoff series against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights.