Sioux City Picks up Two Points in a Shootout
BLOOMINGTON, IL - The Musketeers traveled to Central Illinois for an extremely important two games against the Flying Aces starting on Saturday night. Thanks to the strong play of Jake Sibell the Musketeers started off the weekend with a W, taking down the Flying Aces by a final score of 2-1 in a shootout.
The 1st period was a quiet one at Grossinger Motors arena. Neither team managed to establish much offensive pressure in the game's opening frame, but Sioux City did get the better of the opportunities in the opening frame. A powerplay for each side did little to spur the offenses leading to a scoreless 1st period.
Sioux City came out ready to play in the 2nd period and managed to break through just over six minutes into the period. Nilsson took an initial shot from the slot that stopped by Mitchell Gibson, but he couldn't control the rebound. The Flying Aces failed to control the puck, and after bouncing around the slot, it landed on the stick Nilsson. Nilsson had his back to the goal but shuffled the puck between his legs, and it snuck by Gibson to give the Musketeers a 1-0 lead. Sioux City would do a great job of pressuring the Flying Aces for the duration of the period but could only manage to get one past Gibson, sending them back to the locker room with a 1-0 advantage.
The Musketeers continued to limit the Flying Aces chances in the 3rd period, but Central Illinois would eventually tie things up. With just over nine minutes played in the 3rd period Trevor Janicke hustled after a puck and gained control just before making it to the Musketeer goal line. Janicke took a shot from a tough angle that just slipped under the pad of Jake Sibell to tie the game up at one. Sioux City could not regain the lead the rest of the period, eventually sending this one to overtime.
There were excellent chances for both sides in the extra frame with the best chance going to the Flying Aces. Jake Sibell made a monstrous save on Trevor Janicke with under a minute to play in overtime when the forward fired a one-timer that was snagged by the glove of Sibell. Neither team found of the net in the remaining 42 seconds sending this one to a shootout.
The first shooters for both sides would score, but it would take another seven rounds to decide this one. Parker Ford would eventually slide the game-winner through the five-hole of Gibson so give Sioux City a huge 2-1 victory.
Jake Sibell was outstanding in net for the Musketeers, stopping 24 of 25 shots including massive overtime save to give the Musketeers the victory.
Sioux City will return to Grossinger Motors Arena tomorrow afternoon for the final game against the Flying Aces this season. Puck drop set for 4:07 pm.
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