Sioux City Loses Hard-Fought Battle to Team USA
SIOUX CITY, IA - The Musketeers were back in action to kick-off a three-game weekend starting against the U-17s from the NTDP on Friday night. The Musketeers fought back a few times in this one but could not scrape out the win in the end, losing by a final score of 4-3.
Team USA would go up early in this one with Danny Weight finding the back of the net just 1:33 into the 1st period. Jacob Truscott added a powerplay goal at the 9:13 mark to give Team USA a 2-0 advantage. Sioux City was held scoreless sending them to the locker room with a 2-0 deficit.
It would take over half of the 2nd period, but Sioux City would finally break through. Aaron Grounds jumped out of the penalty box and immediately received an excellent pass from Parker Ford that sent Grounds in all alone on Noah Grannan. Grounds picked his corner and fired it past Grannan to get Sioux City back within one. Team USA would respond three minutes later on a goal by Brock Faber to regain their two-goal advantage.
It didn't take long for Sioux City to get back within one. Bobby Brink found the back of the net just over a minute later to cut the USA lead to 3-2.
It looked like the Musketeers would get an excellent opportunity to tie the game just over 5 minutes into the period when they were given a chance on the powerplay. Despite the man advantage Team USA would pick off a pass, and Thomas Bordeleau scored on the ensuing breakaway to give Team USA a 4-2 lead. Sioux City would again climb back within one just 1:20 later when Matt Miller fired an excellent top-shelf shot past Grannan to make it 4-3.
Unfortunately, the Musketeers would be unable to find the equalizer, final score 4-3.
Grannan made 21 saves for the U-17s while Bren Kraws stopped 18 shots for Sioux City.
The Musketeers will be right back in action tomorrow night against the Team USA. Puck drop set for 7:05 pm.
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