Eric MacAdams Helps End Sioux Falls Stampede Skid with OT Goal
The Sioux Falls Stampede entered Friday night’s game as losers of three-straight and four of their last five contests. It looked like they would be dropping their fourth in a row when they feel behind 2-0, but the Stampede rallied back to tie the game in regulation and then won on a goal by Eric MacAdams just 39-seconds into overtime for the 4-3 victory.
For the first 13 minutes of the first period this was a back and forth affair. At the 13:31 mark the Tri-City Storm took the lead. Joseph Campolieto drilled a slap shot from the point that Mikhail Berdin could not handle to make it 1-0.
Just 81-seconds later they would extend their lead to two. Linus Weissbach stole a clearing pass out of the Stampede zone and passed it to Paul Washe who was wide open in front of the net. He tipped it in for his seventh goal of the season.
It was looking rather desperate, but Sioux Falls would finally get on the board with a little less than two minutes left in the first period. With the puck loose in the slot, Nolan Walker gathered it in and wristed it over the shoulder of Eric Dop for his first goal since joining the Stampede. That was a huge goal, not only because it cut the deficit to one, but it broke a string of 20 straight power-play chances where Sioux Falls had without a goal.
The score would remain that way through much of the second period, but with about 90-seconds left the Stampede would tie the score. With the Storm in a line change, Berdin made a heads up play, and made a long pass out of his own end to MacAdams. Moving in a 2 on 1 break, MacAdams made a great move to get Dop leaning and put in through the five-hole for the goal, his seventh of the season.
Into the third period the game went. At the 8:08 mark, Tri-City would take back the lead. Washe passed across to Danny DiGrande, who one-timed it into the net for his third goal of the season.
The Storm were on a power-play and looked like they would extend their lead, but Berdin made three incredible saves. The big penalty kill paid off bigger than anyone imagined when just a few moments after the penalty came to an end the Stampede tied the game. Austin Albrecht fired a shot that was saved by Dop, but the rebound went right to Jaxon Nelson who put it back to tie the game.
Tied at three the game went to overtime, but it would not be that way for long. Alex Stevens passed ahead to MacAdams who corralled the puck in the Tri-City end. Moving toward the right circle, MacAdams cut across the net before back-handing the puck into the net for his eighth goal of the season.
MacAdams finished with 2-goals for the Sioux Falls Stampede. Stevens had 2-assists. Weissbach had 2-assists for Tri-City and Washe had a goal and an assist.
The Sioux Falls Stampede next play on Sunday night against the U.S. Under-17 team. Game time is 4:05.
By Robert Pannier