November 29, 2021
Stampede Split with Vengeance
The Stampede traveled to the Keystone State this past weekend for a two-game series against USPHL Great Lakes division opponents, the Pittsburgh Vengeance. After a thrilling come from behind victory on Saturday and a tough loss Sunday, the Stampede take home a split and 2 more points from the Steel City.
As Saturday night’s contest got underway, the Stampede would draw first blood last in the first period as Parker Bonsignore would score at the 17:52 mark, assisted by Caden Cranston and Kyle Schafer. The Vengeance would answer back with just one second remaining in the period, to send the game into the first intermission at a 1-1 tie. The Vengeance would then take charge in the second period, scoring two consecutive goals to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission, and opened the third period by scoring a quick fourth goal. Undeterred by the deficit, the Stampede began clawing their way back as Kyle Schafer would score the team’s second goal of the game, assisted by Max Ciepiela and Caden Cranston at the 4 minute mark of the third. As the final period crossed its half-way point, Caden Cranston would tally his first of two goals on the night, assisted by Joe LoBrutto and Brendan Bastian. Kyle Schafer would follow suit, scoring his second goal of the game at the 16:11 mark, assisted by Joe LoBrutto and Bryson Miller. Just a minute and a half later, Blake Dewey would score the game winner for the Stampede with assists from Joe LoBrutto and Bryson Miller. As the final seconds ticked away and the Vengeance looked to even the score, Caden Cranston would seal the deal, scoring his second goal of the game (empty net), assisted by Parker Bonsignore and Max Ciepiela. Luke Remenyi had another strong performance in net, stopping 51 of 55 shots on the night to pick up the victory.
As the teams returned to the ice on Sunday, the Vengeance looked to exact… vengeance on the Stampede and jumped out to an early 5-0 first period lead. The Stampede looked to rekindle the previous night’s comeback magic, with a second period goal by Max Ciepiela, assisted by Caden Cranston and Parker Bonsignore, and an early third period goal scored by Bryson Miller, assisted by Jace Cranston and Joe LoBrutto, but they would fall short, as the Vengeance would score two final goals to take the victory by a final score of 7-2.
The Stampede are back in action this weekend with a road game against the Lake Erie Bighorns on Thursday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM, followed by a home game against the Elmira Jr. Enforcers on Friday, December 3rd at 8:45 PM.