Muskies Make Early Lead Stand Up Against Stampede
Herd outshoot Muskies 42-21 but lose in Sioux City
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After putting themselves in a 4-0 hole early into the second period, the Stampede rallied for two goals and outshot the Musketeers 34-9 in the final two periods, but still came up short 5-3 Friday night at the Tyson Events Center. Kieffer Bellows and Collin Peters tallied power play goals for the Herd who fell to 18-15-4 on the season and have now lost two straight games. Art Brey started the game and stopped 9 of 13 shots while Stefanos Lekkas stopped 7 of 8 shots in relief.
Fans were not even in their seats yet and the Herd fell behind just seven seconds in when Joel Janatuinen wristed a shot from the left circle into the upper right hand corner of the net past Brey to make it 1-0. The Herd settled down after the goal and it remained 1-0 until the 14:24 mark when Janatuinen sent a pass from the right wing side through the slot where Joe Snivley skated in and one-timed the puck into the back of the net to make it a 2-0 game. Sioux City nearly added to their lead just seconds later, but Brey made a nice blocker save to keep it a two goal game. It looked as though the Herd would escape the period down by just two goals, but the Musketeers took a 3-0 lead with just 1:02 into the period when Sebastian Repo wristed a shot through the five-hole of Brey to give the Muskies a three goal advantage heading into the second period.
Sioux City padded their lead just 3:10 into the second when Repo skated down the left wing boards and wristed a shot from just inside the left circle into the upper left hand corner of the net to make it a 4-0 game. That goal would send Brey to the bench and bring in Stefanos Lekkas. Sioux Falls finally got on the board at 13:04 when Kieffer Bellows scored on the power play. Cooper Marody skated around the Musketeer defense and sent a pass through the slot to Bellows who one-timed the shot into the back of the net to put Sioux Falls on the board at 4-1. Five minutes later the Herd went back on the power play and cashed in again, this time Matt Nuttle sent a pass to the left circle for Collin Peters who lifted the puck over the right shoulder of Musketeers goaltender Collin Olson to make it a 4-2 game. The goal was Peter’s first in the USHL and brought the Herd within two goals heading into the third period. Sioux Falls outshot the Musketeers 18-5 in the period.
The Herd continued their dominance in play in the third period, outshooting the Musketeers 16-4. Sioux Falls had the Musketeers on the edge of their skates with several good chances to score, but couldn’t get the puck past Olson who kept the Musketeers up by two. Late in the game, Musketeers forward Jake Durflinger ran into Stampede goaltender Stefanos Lekkas and it went uncalled, sending Matt Nuttle over to drop the gloves with Durflinger and putting Sioux City on a two minute power play with just under five minutes remaining in regulation. The Stampede would kill off the penalty, but Sioux City scored just moments later to take a 5-2 lead. Aaron Herdt added a goal for the Herd in the final minute, but Sioux Falls came up short, falling 5-3 on the night.
Sioux Falls outshot Sioux City 42-21 on the night and went 2-for-4 on the power play while Sioux City was 1-for-5.
The Herd return to action Saturday night when they travel to Kearney, Nebraska to take on the Tri-City Storm, winners of seven straight.