WATERLOO (KWWL) — Sam Stevens scored with 29 seconds remaining in the first overtime as Sioux Falls escaped Waterloo with a 3-2 win in game one of the second round of the Clark Cup playoffs.
The final tally ended a back and forth battle that saw the Stampede take a 1-0 lead on a Matt Kessel goal less than six minutes in to the second period. Emil Ohrvall found Matej Blumel in front of the goal just three minutes later for the equalizer. Wyatt Shingoethe stuffed home another goal in the middle of a traffic jam in front of the net that sent the Black Hawks to the third period with a 2-1 edge.
The lead didn’t last as Sioux Falls took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play opportunity in the final period of regulation. Max Crozier scored the equalizer that eventually sent the game to over time and set up Stevens’ winner.
Evan Fear stopped 29 of 32 Sioux Falls shots and took a loss for the first time in his last five starts. Jaxson Stauber saved 33 of 35 for the Storm.
The two teams return to the ice Saturday night at 7:05 pm for game two of the best of five series.