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Musketeers End Weekend with a Thud

March 13, 2017 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Sioux City Musketeers News Release

All good things must come to an end, and that proved to be true for the Musketeers on Saturday night. After rolling to their 9th straight win against the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday night the Musketeers were soundly beaten 6-1 by the second place Waterloo Black Hawks.

While winning 9 out of 10 has cemented the Musketeers as the dominant regular season team this year, they must solve the Waterloo puzzle if they wish to return to the Clark Cup Finals. The Black Hawks have now won 4 out of the 5 contests between the two teams this season, and this is the first game decided by more than a goal.

The top scoring team in the USHL went to work early and often scoring the first four goals of the game. Emil Ohrvall, Shane Bowers, Ethan Johnson, and Yuki Mirua each scored a goal to put Waterloo up 4-0 by the 12:26 mark of the second period.

Finally Sioux City got on the board in the second when J.C. MacLean scored his second goal in as many nights, captain Jacob Wilson picked up the assist on the goal at the 13:05 mark of the second. Unfortunately for the Musketeers that would be all the offense they could muster for the night.

Waterloo added two more goals in the third to put the game away completely. Former Musketeer Jake Ryzek and Alex Limoges scored the final two games.

The Musketeers still lead the Black Hawks in overall points 73-70 but it is looking more and more likely that the path back to the Clark Cup Finals will go through Waterloo. With only one game left between the two teams this season time is running out for the Musketeers to figure out their toughest Western Conference opponent. The silver lining for the Musketeers is that this might just be the wakeup call the team needs to avoid a letdown in the playoffs. While they have cruised through the regular season so far, this game proves that there is still much work to be done.

Sioux City will enjoy 7 straight games at home after going 4 and 1 on their latest road trip. The Musketeers take on Team USA U17 Friday and Saturday at the Tyson for their next two games.

Friday celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Musketeers with 2 dollar sodas and 2 dollar green beer. Saturday is the season ticket holder dinner, the green jersey auction and the lap dog races.

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