Chicago Uses Strong 3rd Period To Take Down Sioux City
GENEVA, IL - The Musketeers were at Fox Valley Ice Arena on Saturday night to take on the Chicago Steel in the final game of the week for Sioux City. The Musketeers played a strong two periods but Steel responded with an even stronger 3rd. Taking this one by a final score of 5-1
One of the keys for Sioux City coming into tonight was to play a physical game and that was on display in the 1st period. Sioux City recorded over ten hits in the period and early it on it threw the Steel off their game. The Musketeers also did an excellent job on the forecheck leading to several offensive zone turnovers for Chicago. Sioux City's hustle and physical play also led to a couple power play opportunities in the period. Unfortunately, the Musketeers would be unable to capitalize. The period would eventually end with the score tied at 0.
The game opened up in the 2nd period leading to a couple prime scoring chances for Sioux City. Early in the period, Martin Pospisil made an impressive backhand pass to the slot to a waiting Jordan Steinmetz but Justin Robbins made a nice glove save to keep the Musketeers off the board. Chicago would end up striking first at the 14:38 mark of the 2nd period when Nick Abruzzese finished off a one-timer to give the Steel a 1-0 lead. The Musketeers continued to control play for the remainder of the period but couldn't get the tying goal, sending them to the locker room with a 1-0 deficit.
Despite two periods of strong play, the 3rd would swing towards Chicago. Sean Bunting received a 5 minute major for checking from behind and the Steel would score two goals on the ensuing powerplay. Viljami Nieminen got Sioux City back within two with a nice shot to the top shelf but it wouldn't be enough. Chicago scored an empty netter at the 15:49 mark of the 3rd and added another at the 19:33 mark. Final score 5-1.
The Musketeers will now finally head home for two games next weekend with the first one coming against the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday night. Puck drop set for 7:05pm.
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