Sioux City Falls to the Stampede by a Final of 5-3
SIOUX CITY, IA - The Musketeers hosted the Sioux Falls Stampede on Friday night in a rare one game weekend, and unfortunately the Musketeers were not able to make it count as they fell by a final score of 5-3.
The 1st period was a fairly tame start for the two longtime rivals with neither team playing a particularly physical game, and prime scoring chances were hard to come by. Sioux Falls did have an excellent chance on a breakaway but Matt Jurusik shut the door keeping the score tied. About halfway through the period it would be the Musketeers' hottest player who would give his team the lead.
Coming into tonight's game against the Stampede Martin Pospisil was riding a 4 game multi-point streak and he got an early start on continuing that streak tonight. Bauer Neudecker won a puck battle behind the net and made an excellent pass to Pospisil in front the net. Pospisil made it look easy, dragging the puck to his backhand before lifting the puck into the net to give the Musketeers the 1-0 lead. The Musketeers managed to hold off the Stampede the rest of the period and went into the locker room up 1-0
The 2nd period featured more goals than the first, but that wasn't a great thing for the Musketeers. Kirill Panyukov tied the game up just 2 minutes into the period after blasting one by Jurusik. Micah Miller managed to give the Musketeers the lead just two minutes later with an excellent wrist shot which is quickly becoming his most dangerous offensive weapon. Jeppe Urup Mogensen would bring the Stampede even with a shot right on the doorstep that beat Jurusik. The Musketeers most effective penalty kill man, Cole Koepke, gave the Muskteers the lead again with a shorthanded goal with just over 5 minutes to go in the period. Unfortunately the Musketeers couldn't keep the Stampede at bay and Sioux Falls scored with just 3 minutes left in the period to tie the game up at 3, and that's how the period would end.
The 3rd period was a much tighter affair with only one goal being scored, and unfortunatelyy for Sioux City it would not go their way. Reid Stefanson scored just under 4 minutes into the 3rd period and that would be enough to take down the Musketeers. Jaxon Nelson added an empty goal for insurance and Sioux Falls skated away with a 5-3 victory.
The Musketeers hit the road for a week for four games, one against the Madison Capitols, two against the Muskegon Lumberjacks and one against an old rival, the Waterloo Black Hawks. The Musketeers return to the Tyson Events Center on March 3rd for Red Cross Night. Come out and support an organization that provides critical aid all around the world. For tickets visit Tysoncenter.com or call the Musketeer office at (712)252-2116.
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