SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The Sioux Falls Stampede edged the Omaha Lancers 4-3 Wednesday in the opening game of the USHL Fall Classic West at the Tyson Events Center.
Omaha got out to a quick start when rookie centerman Tyler Vesel buried a shorthanded breakaway chance just eight minutes into the exhibition game. The unassisted marker was Vesel’s first career USHL goal.
Later in the first, Sioux Falls forward Keith Burchett leveled the score when the future Bowling Green forward took advantage of an Omaha turnover and slid the equalizer, his second goal of the preseason, past Lancers netminder Cole Bruns.
In the second period, the Stampede took control with goals from Mike Buonincontri at 5:13 and Zeb Knutson at 12:19 respectively. An unassisted Conner Velasano goal at 12:59 in the third period extended the Sioux Falls lead to 4-1.
Ryan Tait wired a burner of a wrist shot past Stampede backstop David Jacobson at 19:08 with Sam Wolfe picking up an assist on the play. Then, in the mandated, three-on-three overtime period, a league-determined feature of all Classic games, Jake Randolph pushed Omaha within a goal at 1:18 of the extra session, thanks to a slick centering feed from Vesel.
Bruns was solid in net to start the game for Omaha, making eight saves on 10 shots faced in just under 30 minutes of playing time. Rookie goaltender Atte Tolvanen took over midway through the second period, surrendering a pair of goals on the seven Stampede pucks directed his way.
The Lancers next play the Lincoln Stars at 4 p.m. Thursday.