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Brink Scores Two In A Huge St. Patrick's Day Victory For Musketeers

March 17, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Sioux City Musketeers News Release

BLOOMINGTON, IL-The Musketeers returned to action Sunday afternoon for game number two against the Central Illinois Flying Aces. A night after a dramatic shootout victory over the Flying Aces the Musketeers found a way to win in a more dramatic fashion, coming back from 3 goals down in the 3rd period to win it 4-3 in overtime

Things got off to a rough start for the Musketeers in the 1st period. Chase Foley found the back of the net after picking up a rebound and firing it past Jake Sibell just 45 seconds into the opening frame to give the Flying Aces a 1-0 lead. In a bit of bad luck for Sioux City, starting goaltender Jake Sibell would leave the game at the 8:42 mark of the 1st period after a head-on collision with Chaseton Sare. It took several minutes for Sibell to slowly make his way off the ice and was replaced in net by Ben Kraws. Sare was called for charging on the play, but the Musketeers would be unable to convert.

Central Illinois would add to their lead at the 16:00 mark on a goal from Tyler Gratton. Sioux City would get plenty of opportunities in the period but were unable to beat Mitchell Gibson sending them to the locker room with a 2-0 deficit.

Things didn't get much better for the Musketeers in the 2nd period, and it wouldn't be long before the Flying Aces extended their lead to 3-0. Tyler Gratton took a shot off that bounced off the board behind Kraws and right to the crease. It appeared that Kraws might have kicked the puck in by accident, but the goal was credited to Bradley Marek who was right in front of the net for the rebound attempt.

The Musketeers once again had several premium opportunities in the period to get back in it with the biggest coming on a 1:17 5 on 3 powerplay opportunity. The Flying Aces stood tall, and Kraws would need to make a big save when Graton got a shorthanded breakaway opportunity when he received a stretch pass after exiting the box. Sioux City could not solve Gibson in the period sending them back to the locker room trailing 3-0.

Things would turn around in a BIG way in the 3rd period and not a moment too soon. Marcus Kallionkieli started Sioux City's comeback at the 6:30 mark of the 3rd period when he jammed home a rebound on the powerplay for his 23rd goal of the season to bring the Musketeers within two. Parke Fro and Dominic Vidoli had assists on the goal.

The score would stay that way until there was under three minutes to play in the game, but Sioux City found some of that Luck O' the Irish to aid in their comeback. Bobby Brink netted his 25th goal of the season on a howitzer from the right circle to bring Sioux City within one at the 17:19 mark of the 3rd period. Dominic Vidoli and Albin Nilsson had assists on the goal.

It would be Brink and Nilsson linking up again on the game-tying goal with just 55 seconds to play. Nilsson jammed home a net-front pass from Brink to cap off a huge 3rd period for Sioux City sending this one to overtime.

It would take nearly all of overtime to find a winner, but eventually, the dangerous duo of Martin Pospisil and Bobby Brink would connect for the game-winner. Pospisil won a board battle in the corner and fed a crashing Brink in front of the net who quickly moved the puck to his backhand before lifting it over Gibson to win the game for the Musketeers.

Ben Kraws was solid in net for Sioux City in relief for the injured Jake Sibell. Kraws made 22 saves on 24 attempts while Gibson stopped an impressive 44 shots for the Flying Aces.

It was a massive win for the Musketeers who picked up all four points on the weekend and moved back into sole possession of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Musketeers must now keep the momentum going with the biggest game of the season coming up on Friday against the Lancers in Omaha. Puck drop is set for 7:05 pm.

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