Sioux City Drops Two over the Holiday Week
A high scoring game on the day before Thanksgiving left the Sioux City Musketeers with a 6-4 loss at the hands of conference rival Lincoln Wednesday night. It was a game where Sioux City fought back to tie the game two times before the Stars put it away in the third period with a power play goal and an empty netter giving Sioux City a record of 7-8-3.
Lincoln would strike first with a goal at the 6:36 mark of the first period. Sioux City would strike back when Ethan Harrison scored his 2nd goal of the year at 7:55 into the 1st period. Lincoln would score the next two goals to take a 3-1 lead in the first. Musketeers forward Sam Stange would then strike to bring the lead to just 1 for the Stars as Stange put his 9th goal in the net this year and 5th goal in the past 3 games to end the 1st period with Lincoln leading 3-2.
The Stars would tack on another goal to take a 4-2 lead in the 2nd period, but the Musketeers again would retaliate and get one back with a goal from the captain, Ian Malcolmson. The power play goal was scored when Stange sent the puck to Joel Maatta who then dished it to Malcomson for the red lighter. That put the score at 4-3 Lincoln heading into the third period.
The Musketeers came out needing to tie the game in the final period. They did just that with a goal off the faceoff by Sam Antenucci for his 5th of the year to tie it up at 4 a piece at the 4:12 mark of the third. Lincoln was able to put another puck in the net to take back their 1 goal lead at the 11:40 mark to make it 5-4. After fighting back all night the Musketeers could not put another puck in the back of the net. Lincoln then scored an empty net goal to put the game out of reach for Sioux City.
The Sioux City Musketeers suffered another heartbreaking loss on Friday as they traveled north for the 2nd installment of the I-29 this season against the Sioux Falls Stampede. For the second straight time this week the Musketeers controlled the pace of the game but came up short after completely controlling the game off the opening face off. The Musketeers were outshot by the Stampede 27-26 in the game but the Musketeers could not get the job done. Kirklan Irey would get the scoring started for the Musketeers just 5:14 into the game for Irey's 3rd goal on the year. Sioux Falls wouldn't go away easy though as they tied up the game just before the end of the first with 2:29 left in the 1st period. That would do it for the scoring as both teams headed into the locker room tied with a goal apiece.
The Stampede would come out and score quickly at 2:02 into the 2nd period, but the Musketeers would pull back even with Anthony Kehrer's first goal of the year with 7:32 left in the 2nd period. Sioux Falls would take the advantage of 1 into the locker room with a goal late with 40 seconds left in the 2nd period making it 3-2 at the end of 2.
The 3rd period would be uneventful as the Musketeers tried to do everything they could to tie the game up, but it wouldn't be enough as the Stampede scored the empty net goal and the Musketeers finished off the game with a 4-2 loss.
The Musketeers will head to Des Moines next weekend to take on the Des Moines Buccaneers in Buccaneer Arena for the 1st and 2nd matchup of the year. Puck drop at 7:05 P.M. on both nights.
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