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Stampede's Salt brothers suiting up for Turkey at IIHF under-20 tourney
By: Jeremiah Johnke, WyoSports
CHEYENNE – Not all coaches would let players leave their team in the middle of the season.
Not all players get the chance to represent their country.
Kaan and Hakan Salt have that opportunity, which is why Cheyenne Stampede coach Maciej Michalik gave them the OK to leave the Western States Hockey League team this week.
The Salts will suit up for Turkey at the International Ice Hockey Federation's Division III under-20 world championship starting today in Dunedin, New Zealand.
This is the seventh time Kaan, 17, has represented Turkey at an international tournament and the fifth for 16-year-old Hakan.
LAS VEGAS, NV The Cheyenne Stampede traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada this past week for the annual WSHL shootout. Each team at the shootout plays 4 games. The format of the shootout is different than regular season play, as each game is two- 25 minutes halves, rather than three- 20 minute periods.
The Stampede began the shootout against the San Diego Sabers. The Stampede started the game off with a goal from #24, Brody Knelsen. The Sabers quickly answered with a goal of their own, followed by a late 2nd goal. The Stampede fought hard and were able to tie the game, with a goal from #28, Dmitry Kuznetsov to end the first half. The 2nd half started with a quick goal from the Sabers. #19, Adam Edmands earned the Stampede a late goal, but the Sabers answered right back with a goal of their own. The Stampede wasn't able to find another scoring opportunity and lost the game 4-3.
In the 2nd game of the shootout, the Stampede faced off with the Tulsa Jr. Oilers. The Stampede started the game a little flat footed, allowing 2 goals. After allowing those goals, the Stampede picked up some momentum and put four goals in, all within less than two minutes of each other. The string of goals was started by #8 Hakan Salt, and followed by #15 Lukas Slansky, #24 Brody Knelsen, and #77 Will Anderson. The Stampede made a Goalie change due to injury, which allowed for the Oilers to squeeze a goal through the cold goal tender. The Stampede came back with a three goal streak. #19 Adam Edmands scored, then 14 seconds later, #28 Dmitry Kuznetsov put one in, followed by a goal from #91 Alexandre Gauthier, just 50 seconds after. The Oilers scored twice late in the 1st half, but not without a Stampede goal from #28 Dmitry Kuznetsov. The 2nd half was the Stampede show. The Stampede put four goals in, and allowed none. The 2nd half goals were scored by #23 Michael Gatz, #8 Hakan Salt, #17 Edvin Hasakovic and #24 Brody Knelsen. The Stampede dominated the Oilers 12-5, and had 53 shots on goal.
The Stampede were confident heading into day 3 against the Lake Tahoe Icemen. The Icemen started the scoring off right away, and it took the Stampede a little time to find their game, but #16, newcomer BJ Gabledon was able to find the back of the net. The Icemen were able to score late in the 1st, making it a 2-1 game at the half. The Stampede came into the 2nd half looking fired up. They scored 4 goals, to take a 5-1 lead over the Icemen. The 2nd half goals were scored by #17 Edvin Hasakovic, #28 Dmitry Kuznetsov, #91 Alexandre Gauthier, and #23 Michael Gatz. Even though there were plagued with late period penalties, all coming in the last 5 minutes, they were able to hold off the Icemen and win the game 5-4. #1 Jozef Dusekna had 33 saves, and was crucial in holding off the Icemen on their extended power play.
The 4th and final game for the Stampede was against the Vancouver Rangers. The Stampede were scoreless in the 1st, but allowed the Rangers 3 goals. The 2nd half was flat, and the Stampede only produced one goal, from #28 Dmitry Kuznetsov. The Stampede allowed the Rangers 4 goals in the 2nd half. The Stampede was outshot 49-34, and the score board showed it, with a final score of 7-1 in favor of the Rangers.
Overall the Stampede went 2-2 for the weekend. The Stampede recorded 23 goals.
The Stampede return to the ice on January 6th and 7th for their Cancer Awareness Series at home against the Superior Roughriders. Tickets go on sale January 1st, 2017 at www.StampedeTickets.com
Press Release – Immediate Release November 28, 2016 Cheyenne Stampede Hockey Mark Lantz, GM 307-630-6726
Stampede Announces Coaching Additions
The Cheyenne Stampede have signed on Thomas Skelton as associate coach of the hockey club. He has previously worked with the organization in a scouting and advisory role.
Skelton will assist with video analysis of Stampede games as well as spend some time on the bench when needed. He will also continue to head up Western Canadian Scouting for the team.
Skelton, a former goalie, played junior A and University hockey in Canada. He has also worked with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL and has been an analyst for the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos.
Skelton has a strong knowledge of the game of hockey, and is excited to take on this new role with the hockey club. "We are excited to have Thomas take on a bigger role in our organization, and his willingness to help make the hockey club better." notes GM Mark Lantz.
" I couldn't be more excited to take on this new role with Cheyenne." Skelton stated. "I look forward to working closely with the coaching staff with video-coaching as well as being on the bench in certain situations where I'm needed."
Skelton's work started immediately, as he is currently analyzing the Stampede's last weekend series with victories of 4-1 and 6-4 over the Superior Roughriders preparing for the next series with the Roughriders December 2nd & 3rd at the "Sports Stable" in Superior, Colorado.
Mark Lantz, GM for the Cheyenne Stampede unveiled the team's Cancer Awareness Jerseys for the 2016-2017 season. These jerseys will be worn during the Stampede's Cancer Awareness Series – Jan 6 & 7, 2017 against the Superior Roughriders
These Authentic, Game Worn, Player Autographed Jerseys will also be available through "Silent Auction" Friday Jan 6th & Saturday Jan 7th , to be awarded by player after the Saturday Evening game.
The Cancer Awareness Jerseys will be offered to the fans during a very short "Pre-Sale" where the Stampede Fans have the opportunity to choose their sizes, numbers, and names. Click order now - Below. After the "Pre-Sale", these jerseys will be retailed at Stampede home games with no choice of numbers and/or sizes and will retail in very limited quantities. So order yours now with your choice of size and jersey number for $125(Local Pick-up Only)
The last day to purchase these jerseys is Monday, November 28th 2016. These fan jerseys will be delivered with team jersey and be available for pick-up the first game of our Cancer Awareness Series, January 6th2017.
***Sorry Custom Orders Closed Nov 28th, you may still purchase one of these
"Authentic Jerseys" By Silent Auction, Jan 6-7, 2017 during our
Cancer Awareness Home Games!