The Cheyenne Stampede rode the New Mexico Renegades out of town over the past weekend and behind three big wins, now sit just two points behind the first place Phoenix Knights. The Stampede outscored the Renegades 26 to 3.
With two games to go, this coming weekend the Stampede have locked up home ice in the opening round of the Thorne Cup playoffs but will be gunning for the top spot, as they are just two points back of Phoenix. If the Stampede can win both ends of a home-and-home against Colorado this weekend, they’ll be hoping New Mexico can steal a game or two from the Phoenix Knights.
The Cheyenne Stampede will play their final home league game against the Colorado Jr. Eagles this Saturday, March 8th, at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center, the puck drops at 7:35pm. The following weekend (March 14-16) the Stampede will open play in the WSHL’s Thorne Cup 1st round playoff’s. According to General Manager, Mark Lantz “this is the first time in the franchise history that the Stampede will host a Thorne Cup Playoff series at home” Lantz was also quick to say “that the Stampede have qualified for the playoff’s every year since coming to Cheyenne”
Thorne Cup Playoff tickets go on sale today through the Teams website: www.CheyenneStampede.com or in person at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center located at 1530 W. Lincolnway. Lantz is encouraging fans to get their Playoff tickets early as they are “forecasting a sell-out for both Friday and Saturday nights”.
New Mexico Renegades
(5-37-1, 6th in Mountain Division)
(28-14-2, 2nd in Mountain Division)
Three-game series in Cheyenne, Wyoming Story by Brent Maranto
The Cheyenne Stampede beat-up on the New Mexico Renegades over the weekend and behind three big wins, now sit just two points behind the first place Phoenix Knights.
The Stampede left their mark early in the opener, as they came out hard and fast and possessed the puck nearly the entire 60 minutes, in an 8-0 win.
Ian Teal and Russell Armbruster each picked up four points in the big win, while Rasmus Hansson stopped all 11 shots he faced in net to earn his first shutout of the season. Heath Lantz, Filip Oravec, Collin Plitt, Jimmie Kotilainen and Ryan Plessinger each recorded two points for the Stampede, as well.
Austin Borchert stopped 50 of 58 in the New Mexico crease.
Armbruster had another big night in game two, as the veteran forward recorded four points but Maans Gustavsson led the way for Cheyenne with five, in a 9-1 victory.
Sam Mallory stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced in net for the win and Jimmie Kotilainen chipped in another three points for the Stampede.
Rasmus Alamaa notched the lone Renegades goal while Austin Borchert stopped 55 of 64 in net.
Armbruster finished up a terrific weekend for himself in the finale, as he notched three goals and two assists to help lead the Stampede to a 9-2 win and series sweep.
Thayne Trumbull, Heath Lantz and Jimmie Kotilainen each notched three points as well, while Sam Mallory stopped 13 of 15 in net.
Rasmus Alamaa and Alex Nau each tallied for New Mexico and Jacob Garvey stopped 63 of 72 in net.
With two games to go, the Stampede have locked up home ice in the opening round of the playoffs but will be gunning for the top spot, as they are just two points back of Phoenix.
If they can win both ends of a home-and-home against Colorado this weekend, they’ll be hoping New Mexico can steal a couple from the Knights.
The likely scenario has the Stampede hosting the same Colorado Jr. Eagles to open the post-season but anything can happen and if the Knights don’t come to play, they the Renegades will be happy to take some points from them.
New Mexico weren’t able to get anything going all weekend and aside from a handful of forwards, they just aren’t able to create much offense.
They finish up their season this weekend against the Phoenix Knights and the Stampede will be rooting for them.