A thriller in Nebraska IBLA action. The Aksarben Stampeders (1-1) took on the Ralston Regals (2-0) at the Ralston Arena in Nebraska IBLA action. A nip and tuck battle ended with the Regals holding on fair a 14-12 victory.
A seven-goal first period saw Miles Stading (4g) give Ralston a quick 1-0 lead with 4:24 played. Tyson Svoboda (1g) countered before Kurt Carlson (4g, 3a) kicked off his big night and put Ralston in front by a 2-1 score. Aksarben Stampeded with a three-goal uprising courtesy of man-up goals from Zach Barnhill (3g,1a) off a pretty feed from Brendan Miklos (1a) followed by a Tanner Lerdahl (2g) unassisted goal. Barnhill added an unassisted net bender to make it a 4-2 contest.
Stading at 17:47, closed the entertaining period with a one-goal Stampede edge, 4-3. Trace McCoy (1g) off a Carlson feed at the 1:59 mark followed by a John Caruso (2g) goal at 3:24 put the Regals up. Lerdahl got it knotted again before another run presented itself. This time it was Ralston with Joe Burbach (1g), Stading getting his third, Paul Gordon (1g), and Stading with his fourth to get the score to 9-5 leaning the Ralston way. Svoboda (2g) and stopped the run at 16:47 and the curtain came down on stanza two with Ralston holding a 9-6 lead.
A wild final period that revealed a combined thirteen goals started with a power-play tally from Barnhill at the :59 mark which cut the lead to two at 9-7. Kobe Simonson (2a) hit a breaking Carlson quick-stick. Carlson getting the helper on a Grant Fredrickson (1g ) tally that got it to an 11-7 Regals lead. The Stampede had plenty of fight and Owen Wostoupal (1g,1a) and another advantage goal. this one from Andrew Glatz (2g).
John Caruso offset the goals off an RJ Moffatt (1a) set up to keep the Regals lead, 12-9. With 7:50 remaining, Matt Smidlein (1g) buried a Wostoupal feed. The stage was set for a wild finish with a 12-11 Regals lead. 2:35 later Carlson pushed it back to a two-goal game on the man up. Lerdahl buried another advantage goal for the Stampede with just a minute fifteen to play. Carlson iced it with the third consecutive power-play goal at the 19:16 mark to close the 14-12 Ralston victory.
By the Numbers
Shots favored Ralston by a 41-35 margin with Sean Maguire making 29 saves for the victors with Ryan Grewcock stopping 21 for The Stampede. The special teams saw Ralston netting 2 goals on 5 Chan e and the Stampede converting on 5 of 7. A thriller in Nebraska IBLA action.