Stampede visit Air Force Falcons
By: Stampede Sports
Cheyenne's WSHL's Hockey team stampeded down to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on Wednesday. The Cheyenne Stampede paid an unofficial visit to the Air Force Falcons.
The Stampede toured the Academy's athletic facilities and were impressed. They also had the opportunity to meet and shake hands with several Air Force and Army Generals, and Generals of the Canadian Armed Forces, who were touring the facility. The Stampede players noticed the friendly competition between the Air Force and Army, and the complimentary remarks comparing West Point to the Air Force Academy.
Brigadier General Stephen C. Williams, the Commandant of Cadets, greeted the hockey players, and posed for a picture with them. The Stampede also met the Air Force Falcons Hockey team's head coach, Frank Serratore. He showed them the seven national championship trophies the Falcons have earned. Serratore is in his 19th season as Falcons Hockey head coach. Under his leadership, the team won five conference championships and five NCAA appearances.
The Stampede also watched the Falcons practice, and then took to the ice themselves. Many players talked about how exciting it was to skate at the Academy, and how much they enjoyed meeting the players, coach, and officers.
The Cheyenne Stampede is a Tier II hockey team and member of the Western States Hockey League. The League includes 29 teams throughout the west. The Stampede open a 3 game Home-Stand tonight as the host the Colorado Evolution, Game tickets are still available at: http://stampedetickets.com/
Stampede Prove Tough
By: Stampede Sports
The Colorado Junior Eagles and the Superior RoughRiders ventured north this past weekend to face off against a very determined Cheyenne Stampede hockey club. I said it last week, and the boys proved on the ice, that nobody really wants to face this club down the stretch. The Stampede put together a great weekend picking up the wins in both games this weekend. Balanced scoring and great team effort has the Stampede turning heads in the WSHL Mountain Division.
The Colorado Junior Eagles came to Cheyenne Friday with the most points in the WSHL. They left defeated in a shoot-out. A capacity crowd turned out Friday for what fans hoped would be a competitive game. The Stampede found themselves down by 3 goals midway through the second period. In what has become sort of a habit, they would find a way to battle back. The Stampede lit the lamp at 7:44 of the second on a goal by Heath Lantz assisted by Thayne Trumbull and Lukas Slansky. The third period was the turning point of the contest. The Stampede worked hard to contain the high powered offense of the Eagles while putting up points. Thayne Trumbull found the back of the net off a turnover from a great fore-check, Heath Lantz and Lukas Slansky grabbed the assists. The Eagles would get another to make the score 4-2 with 15 minutes left in regulation. Newcomer Dominik Taras would make it 4-3. He was assisted by Parker Wall and Brody Knelsen. Craig Thurston came through big when he netted a goal to tie the game at 4 with 11 minutes to go in regulation. He was assisted by Kristians Zelts and Ruslans Ignatovics. After up and down play with neither team scoring, this game headed to overtime. Both clubs were exhausted as it went scoreless in 4 on 4 and scoreless in the nail biting 3 on 3. Lukas Slansky and Patrik Asenbrenner would both be heroes this night. Asenbrenner shut down all 3 Eagles shots in the shoot-out and Lukas Slansky would pick up the game winner on a beautiful move to beat the Eagles tender to make it 5-4 Cheyenne.
Saturday found the Superior RoughRiders come to a sold out Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. Fans from all over, many first time hockey game attendees, turned out to watch the Stampede and the World Famous ZOOperstars. The ZOOperstars from America's Got Talent were on hand to entertain at intermission and didn't disappoint. Between the intermission antics, the Stampede found time to put up 9 points and handed the RoughRiders a devastating defeat. After a slow start and a scoreless first period, the RoughRiders would get on the board first at 17:35 of the second, but the lead wouldn't last for long. 29 seconds later the Stampede found the scoreboard with a goal by Heath Lantz assisted by Thayne Trumbull and Lukas Slansky. The game winner would in the form of a shorthanded goal scored by Craig Thurston assisted by Troy Beinhauer and Brody Knelsen. The Stampede would go on to score 7 more goals including one on the power play and another shorthanded. Others picking up goals on the night were; Lukas Slansky with 2, Shane Sefton with 2, Thayne Trumbull, Troy Beinhauer and Dominik Taras each had 1. Stampede players racking up assists were; Thayne Trumbull with 3, Troy Beinhauer with 3, Heath Lantz with 2, Lukas Slansky with 2, Austin Dittenhafer with 2, Brett Howard, Ruslans Ignatovics, Brody Knelsen, Mitchell Kocsis, Parker Wall and Kristians Zelts all had 1.
Your Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Club is proving to this very tough Mountain Division that they will not be taken lightly heading down the stretch. They have put up 29 points in just 5 games against the divisions best opponents. They have tightened up in the defensive end and are finding scoring throughout their depth. If they can remain healthy it will make for a very interesting division finish. The Stampede spend this week preparing for a 3 game home stand against the Colorado Evolution this weekend and Saturday night's game will be the Stampede's annual Teddy Bear Toss Game, everyone is encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal or Teddy Bear to fling onto the ice when the Stamps score their first goal!
ZOOperstars! Hilarious, inflatable characters like Squidney Crosby, Whale Gretzky, Dominick Hashark, Mario LeMule, Bobby Orrangutang and more will be in Cheyenne this weekend to entertain fans during intermissions of the Cheyenne Stampede-Superior Roughriders WSHL Hockey game. The puck drops at 7:35 this Saturday, January 30 at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center.
"Our crew has performed in front of 85,000 soccer fans in Guadalajara, 45,000 in Yokohama, and millions of TV viewers while on America’s Got Talent, but this show promises to top all of those. We’re really excited about coming to Cheyenne," said ZOOperstars! Co-Founder Dominic Latkovski.
The troupe has previously performed in notable venues such as Madison Square Garden, Wrigley Field, and Pauley Pavilion, as well as international shows in Japan, Mexico, Turkey, and Canada, but this will be the Zooperstars! first appearance in Wyoming. The game is a special Faith and Family night, and several local churches are planning to bring their congregations.
Tickets are selling fast for this event and may be purchased at: http://stampedetickets.com/ According to Stampede GM, Mark Lantz “Plan on purchasing your tickets early as this game could very well Sell-Out prior to Saturday”
Cheyenne Stampede Pay Tribute All Affected By Cancer
By: Stampede Sports
The Cheyenne Stampede played host this past weekend to division rivals the Casper Coyotes. The Stampede paid tribute to the men, woman, and families affected by cancer. Wearing themed jerseys and playing too sold out crowds including Guest Coach NHL Star Bobby Holik; the Stampede didn’t disappoint the fans. The Coyotes entered the weekend only giving up 14 goals in their last 10 games against 6 different opponents; your Cheyenne Stampede put 15 on them in just 3 games. Despite the great offensive performance, the Stampede just couldn’t contain the league’s most potent scoring combination and would only pick up only 1 point on the weekend. They continue getting better headed down the stretch and are proving that this team will be very difficult to play against in the next couple of weeks.
Friday night found the Stampede down by 3 goals only 6 minutes into the contest. With Head Coach Gary Gill in the stands after being ejected in the first :20 seconds of the game, the boys would battle back strong and take the lead at 4 with 1:42 left in the first on a power play goal by Thayne Trumbull assisted by Heath Lantz and Lukas Slansky. The second period was a back and forth contest with the Coyotes winning the period to make the score 5-5 at the break. The third would decide the contest when the Coyotes rallied to score 5 goals and the Stampede could only get 2 making the final 10-7. Putting up points for the Stampede were: Ruslans Ignatovics with a huge game netting 3 goals and 1 assist, Thayne Trumbull had 2 goals and 1 assist, Kristians Zelts had 1 goal and 3 assists, and Heath Lantz had 1 goal and 1 assist. Others recording helpers were: Casey Goodmanson with 1, Lukas Slansky with 3 and Craig Thurston with 2.
Saturday night saw a sold out crowd not get much use from their seats, as most stood all game in another exciting contest. The first period was a chess match with both coaches matching lines and looking for the mistake that would lead to a scoring chance. The second period would see the teams capitalize on those chances and the Stampede took the lead into the locker room at 3-1. Once again it would be a deciding third period. The Coyotes tied the game at 3 with 4:26 left in the game to force OT. In fasted paced 4 on 4 it was the Coyotes with the advantage and they would score 2 minutes in to the overtime period to get the win. The Stampede took one point in a heartbreaker that saw them outplay the Coyotes for the majority of the game. Stampede players hitting the scoresheet were: Thayne Trumbull with 1 goal, Shane Sefton with 1 goal, Kristians Zelts with 1 goal and 1 assist, Ruslans Ignatovics with 1 assist, Matej Klust with 1 assist, Heath Lantz with 1 assist, and Craig Thurston with 1 assist.
Sunday afternoon found 2 tired hockey teams take to the ice for the final of the 3 game series. Beat up and sore it was no surprise that this game would be gritty and tempers would be at the surface. The game would have a total of 69 minutes of penalties, a couple of fights, and some good hockey in between. On this day it would be the second period that would make the difference. The Stampede would end the second down 6-3. Despite 2 goals in the third they just couldn’t shut down the Coyotes explosive offense and would drop this one 8-5. Putting up points for your Stampede were: Kristians Zelts with 2 goals and 1 assist, Thayne Trumbull with 1 goal, Shane Sefton with 1 goal, Ruslans Ignatovics with 1 goal. Putting up assists were: Troy Beinhauer with 1, Austin Dittenhafer with 2, Heath Lantz with 1, and Lukas Slansky with 2.
Despite the scoresheet it was a tremendous weekend of hockey for the Stampede. The Cancer Awareness themed jerseys were auctioned off and lucky bidders received authentic game worn, 1 of a kind pieces of memorabilia. All of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to local cancer charities to help benefit the community. The fans were rewarded with some old fashioned Stampede hockey, and the boys got the offensive wheels turning giving one of the best teams in the WSHL all they could handle. The boys will spend this week working with NHL Star Bobby Holik as they prepare for another home weekend with the Colorado Junior Eagles and the Superior RoughRiders.
According to Stampede GM, Mark Lantz, this coming “Saturday Night will Feature the Nationally known entertainment act “The ZOOperstars” https://youtu.be/p3IAsXuCkNg and more than 3/4’s of available tickets have already been sold! Get your Tickets today at: http://StampedeTickets.com before they sell-out!
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