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Lantz and Trumbull.
A not so new combination.

By Stampede Sports:

For those of you watching the Cheyenne Stampede Tier II Junior hockey team this season you cannot help but notice Heath Lantz and Thayne Trumbull. The two leaders of this hockey club are skating on the same line. To fans and opponents it might seem as though they have been skating together for years, well this is because they have been.

Trumbull and Lantz have played together since they were squirts in Wyoming youth hockey. “Heath is the kind of guy I have always found chemistry with on the ice. He is a great player and has been since I’ve known him from the time we were 8 until now," stated Trumbull. Their first stint together was in the 2005-2006 season playing for the Wyoming Stars Squirt Select team, made up of the better, more dedicated players from around the state. "I could tell he was going to be a good hockey player. He was always working hard for the team," stated Lantz when reminiscing about their younger years. The highlight of that year was a birth to the Squirt International Invitational held in Fargo, ND. Playing against many top level players from around the country, many of which they face off with today in the WSHL.

The two continued to skate together on Team Wyoming when they were younger. Their team was selected to be the Wyoming U14 National team in 2010, and skated to a bronze medal. Both players were instrumental in helping this team go as far as they did in the tournament. "Heath was the Captain of our team that placed third at Nationals and a big reason for our success that season," Trumbull added. They even were placed on the same line when a boost in scoring was needed. It was at the end of this season that they headed down very different hockey roads.

At the end of their U14 run Lantz stayed in Wyoming playing for Team Wyoming and his local organization in Cheyenne. Trumbull headed south to play AAA for the Colorado Roughriders. Lantz made the leap to junior hockey the next year playing for the Cheyenne Stampede, while Trumbull headed to Salt Lake City to continue in AAA with the Northwest Regulators. It was during these years that they both realized the dedication, desire, and commitment it took to play at a higher level. Lantz commented on how much he learned during his rookie year, "Everything was faster and everyone was stronger, there was fighting, I learned a lot about playing the game." Trumbull highlighted the fact that when playing AAA he had coaches that did not put up with kids not performing. It was about winning games and so they played the kids who were going to produce for them. "This taught me that everyday is a try out and you had to prove yourself because what you did yesterday didn’t matter," he stated. It was the Cheyenne Stampede that would reunite the pair.

In 2012, Lantz was preparing for his second year of juniors in Cheyenne, Trumbull was not sure where he was headed. A meeting with then coach Marty Quarters and GM Mark Lantz, led Trumbull to leave offers back east as well as in Colorado, instead making the move to the junior level. Trumbull and Lantz were finally back on the same team, but it would not be until the end of the year that they would again be on the same line. "Once we got together it was just like the old days," said Trumbull with a smile. The duo would remain together the following season under coach Gary Gill both posting break out numbers while their leadership skills shined. Both served as assistant captains that season, and were a huge part of the success of the team.

The following season found both of them preparing for another year together in the black and gold. Early in the season just before games were to begin Trumbull was traded to the Colorado Roughriders leaving Lantz as his opponent in Cheyenne. Trumbull pointed out that the two of them stayed in contact. If one had a good weekend the other was calling or texting in order to congratulate the other. Even though they were on different hockey teams they remained great friends. "Staying in touch with Thayne last year was a no brainer. I missed having him on my team! The night I got my 150th point Thayne sent me a text right away," Lantz recalled. Both flashed a wry smile when asked if they talked during the season about playing together again.

With the 2015-2016 season was the return of former coach Gary Gill. Trumbull knew he wanted back in the black and gold to play for the Stampede again. After a long stint of trade negotiations the Stampede were able to secure him for the season. "When they gave me the word the trade went through I couldn’t wait to head to Cheyenne. I knew then that Heath and I would make this a very good final year," Trumbull declared. Both have stepped right back into being the leaders of the team, both on and off the ice. While the first few games found them on different lines it was not long before they were put together to stimulate some much needed scoring. After 19 games together they have posted a combined 57 points to lead the team. "Playing on the same line together is a pretty special thing for us and the fans. We gel pretty good together and seem to get 2 or 3 point a night off of each other just by working hard and having fun," Lantz added. Their combined experience in junior hockey and their chemistry together made it only natural for coach Gill to lean on them as the leaders of this year’s squad.

While the season has not started exactly as they would have planned, one thing is for sure, these two sure can play together. As this is the last year of junior hockey for the two 1995 birth year players they want to make it one to remember. They wish to leave a legacy for all future Stampede players to live up to. A legacy built on the ice with skill, hard work, and dedication, and just as important off the ice, as being quality young men and role models to younger hockey players.

These two will for sure be missed in seasons to come. Do not be surprised if you see them around the rink in the future mentoring the new groups of players or even coaching. Right now both are concentrating on the season ahead. They plan to do everything they can to make it a successful and enjoyable one not only for themselves, but for their teammates and the in the words of Lantz, "I guess you could say that I’m like Thayne's missing tooth, when we get together we shine like a bright smile." One thing is for sure... the boys are back in town.

Stampede Struggle to Finish.
Drop 3 At Home.

By Stampede Sports:

The Cheyenne Stampede was at home last weekend for a 3 game home stand against the visiting Ogden Mustangs and the Salt Lake City Moose. This will be a weekend the boys will want to soon forget as they dropped all 3 games at home.
On Friday in front of yet another sold out crowd, Thayne Trumbull was able to give the Stampede a 4-3 lead with 17 minutes left in the game. Ogden did not quit however and 2 goals in less than a minute would be enough to down the Stampede by a final score of 5-4. Point producers for the stampede were; Lukas Slansky with 1 goal and 1 assist, Thayne Trumbull with 1 goal and 1 assist, Ryan Meyer with 1 goal, and Kristoff Malcom netting his first Junior Hockey goal . Recent additions Craig Thurston and Kristians Zelts took no time each chipping in an assist in their first game for the Stampede. Others having assists were; Troy Beinhauer, Heath Lantz, Thomas Puetz, and Justin Stein, all with one a piece.

Saturday found the Stampede taking on the Salt Lake City Moose. Last year’s fan favorite playing in only his second game this season with the Stampede, Craig Thurston was able to give the stampede the early lead. Cheyenne would hold a 2 nothing lead until 14:51 of the third period. Salt Lake rallied to net 3 goals in the third, with the backbreaker coming with 11 seconds left in the period to down the Stampede 3-2. Scorers for the Stampede were; Craig Thurston with 1 goal, Justin Stein with 1 goal and Thayne Trumbull and Lukas Slansky each had a helper. The highlight of the evening for the fans and the Captain Heath Lantz was a surprise proposal to his longtime girlfriend on the ice at the period break. In front of a packed house Heath, with the help of his team mates holding the banner, asked Taylor MacMillan for her hand in marriage. With not many dry eyes in the house she didn’t hesitate to say yes! The fans wish Heath and Taylor the very best!

Sunday was the rubber match with the Ogden Mustangs. The game started fast with good pressure from the Stampede. They put Ogden on their heels when Thayne Trumbull scored at 17:56 of the first period to give the boys the 1 nothing lead. A 5 goal second period would be more than enough to take the wind out of the boys and see them drop the game with a final of 9-4. In a moment out of Miracle, Coach Gill kept the boys on the ice to skate lines as a reminder of how hard you have to work during the game. Not one fan left the arena and stayed to cheer on the boys as a testament as to how much fan support this team has. Goals were scored by; Thayne Trumbull, Lukas Slansky, Kristoff Malcom, and Kristians Zelts all with 1 goal. Assists were tallied by; Patrik Assenbrenner, Troy Beinhauer, Austin Davis, Casey Goodmanson, Brody Knelsen, Heath Lantz and Craig Thurston each with 1.

This week the boys prepare for the Thanksgiving roadie to Casper where they will take on the third place Casper Coyotes. The boys travel to Casper for a 3 game set starting on Friday November 27th at the Casper Events Center.

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Stampede Honor The Armed Forces. Take 2 of 3 from Missoula

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In a weekend full of Respect, Honor and Appreciation for our men and women in the armed forces, the Stampede were able to find time for some very good hockey. In front of sold out packed stands the Cheyenne Stampede hosted the Missoula Maulers for a 3 game set in Cheyenne. The Maulers entered Cheyenne at 15-2 and the number 2 spot in the Northwest Division. Wearing the military themed jerseys, the Stampede paid tribute to current and former members of our armed forces and their families. The quality of the hockey was a great bi product for the weekend and the fans.

On Friday night the Thayne Trumbull was able to tie the game at 5 a piece with less than 9 minutes to go. In what looked to be a game headed to overtime, the Maulers were able to find the back of the net with only 57 seconds remaining in regulation. Despite a last ditch effort by the boys, they came up short and dropped Friday’s game 6-5. Players scoring goals were Heath Lantz with 2, Thayne Trumbull had 2, and Casey Goodmanson had 1. Others with points were Austin Davis and Mitchell Kocsis with an assist each, and Lukas Slansky that chipped in 2.

Saturdays match up found a very determined Stampede team take to the ice. A huge game that resulted in a hat trick for Lukas Slansky propelled the Stampede to the win, and handed Missoula their third loss of the season. Slansky led the team in points with his 3 goals. The other goal scorer in the 4-3 win was Justin Stein. Thayne Trumbull chipped in 3 assists to lead the team. Heath Lantz had 2 helpers and Patrick Asenbrenner, Blake Bennett, and Mitchel Kocsis each had one.

Sundays contest found the Stampede down by 2 goals early in the third period. With under 15 minutes to play the combination of Thayne Trumbull and Heath Lantz were able to combine for 4 points and help the Stampede stave off a late rally and capture the win by a score of 5-4. Thayne Trumbull led the team in points with 1 goal and 3 assists.
Heath Lantz came through big with 2 goals and the game winner. The team also got goals from Lukas Slansky and Austin Davis each with one. Others recording assists were Lukas Slansky, Ryan Meyer, Brody Knelsen, Ryan Evans and Austin Davis each with one helper.

The Stampede secured 4 much needed points on the weekend making their record 8-11. In securing the points they handed the Maulers their 3rd and 4th loss of the season. The line of Lantz, Trumbull, and Slansky continued their scoring with a combined 22 points over the course of 3 games. The Stampede spend this week gearing up for a 3 game inter division home stand with the Salt Lake City Moose and the Ogden Mustangs. Tickets for the Utah Series are now on sale at:

Cheyenne Stampede Take 2 of 3 On Road Trip In Colorado

By Stampede Sports:
The Cheyenne Stampede Tier II hockey team traveled south last weekend securing 4 critical points in a 3 game weekend road trip to Colorado. The Stampede was able to take 2 out of three games on the road to put them just 4 points out of 5th place in what is arguably the best division in the WSHL.
On Friday the Stampede traveled to Denver to face off with the Colorado Evolution. The very late start of the Friday night game in front of a crowd that had more stampede fans than the home team was no problem for the Stampede to get up for. The Evolution with some very skilled foreign players was no match this night for The Stampede. The boys came out hard and scored often to Cruise to an 11-1 victory. Players finding the back of the net were #17 Thomas Puetz with a goal and 3 assists to lead the team in points. #15 Lukas Slansky and #8 Ryan Meyer each had 2 goals and 1 assist. #12 Troy Beinhauer put in 2 goals. Other players with goals were #9 Blake Bennet, #11 Austin Davis, and #3 Ryan Evans. #14 Thayne Trumbull had a goal and an assist and the Captain #10 Heath Lantz put up 4 assists to lead that category.

Saturday saw the Stampede face off with a very fast very Physical Superior Roughriders Hockey Club. The boys on both sides did not disappoint the fans. It was a back and forth contest with the Stampede drawing first blood on a goal from #12 Troy Beinhauer. The Stampede also got a goal from #17 Thomas Puetz. The Stampede would come up short in the contest dropping a very close game 3-2. Other stampede players posting points were #9 Blake Bennett with 2 assists to lead the team. #3 Ryan Evans with one assist and #6 Justin Stein with one assist.

Sunday found the Cheyenne Stampede back in Denver facing off with a very disgruntled Evolution Hockey Club. The Evolution losing on Friday and Saturday saw them start the game with some determination and grit. Coach Gary Gill had this to say “Last game started off slow but we got our feet under us in the second ... But a win is a win and we need them all ... Good work boys” The Stampede fell 1-0 early in the contest but with a huge game by #10 Heath Lantz who posted 2 goals and 4 assists to lead the team with 6 points and #14 Thayne Trumbull with 1 goal and 3 assists for a 4 point afternoon, the Stampede were able to pick up the win and the much needed 2 points. The Stampede won the contest going away by a score of 8-4. The top line of Lantz, Trumbull and Slansky continued putting up points. This line combined 21 points in 3 games to continue to lead the Stampede in scoring. Others scoring Sunday For the stampede were Blake Bennett, Robert Fogerty, Lukas Slansky, Troy Beinhauer, Austin Davis, Brody Knelsen, Mitchell Kocsis, and Justin Stein.

The Cheyenne Stampede return home for the weekend of November 13-15th. They will play host to the Northwest Division Leading Missoula Maulers who will come into the weekend with a 15 and 2 record. The Cheyenne Stampede will be honoring all the men and women, past and present in the armed forces with their Military Appreciation weekend. Special Military themed jerseys will be worn by the players and will give the fans the chance to get a jersey off of the back of their favorite player. All proceeds will benefit local military causes. Tickets for this weekend’s Military Series can be found at:



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