Sioux City, IA | Kristian Pospisil pushed his point streak to nine games with a third-period goal Friday night, but it was too little too late as the Musketeers fell to Chicago 2-1 at the Tyson Event Center. It was just the Musketeers' 4th loss in regulation on home ice this season and the team's first since December 17.
Chicago got the scoring going when Eduards Tralmaks put his team up 1-0 via a power play goal with 5:12 remaining in the first period. The Steel would stretch their lead to 2-0 when Brannon McManus scored his 12th goal of the season with 4:09 left in the second period.
Sioux City cut the lead in half with 8:52 remaining in the third period Pospisil scored his 10th goal of the season, his 12th point in his last nine games. Charlie Kelleher and Jacob Wilson picked up assists on the Pospisil goal.
Chicago committed two penalties with less than two minutes remaining, giving Sioux City a 5-on-3 advantage for nearly half a minute before goaltender Todd Scott was lifted for an extra attacker for the final sixty seconds. Despite the 6-on-3 advantage, the Musketeers failed to score as the Steel hung on for the one-goal victory to begin their Western Conference road trip.
With the loss, Sioux City is now 24-9-5-2, good for 55 points tying the Waterloo Blackhawks for first place in the Western Conference. Sioux City has a game in hand on Waterloo. With the win, Chicago improves to 26-10-1-3 and ties Dubuque atop the Eastern Conference standings with 56 points.
Up next for the Musketeers is the Tri-City Storm who come to town Saturday for a Western Conference matchup. Puck drop is at 7:05 pm, tickets can be purchased at Tyson Events Center box office or by calling (712) 252-2116. Sunday Musketeers host the Buffalo Wild Wings watch party when they head to Sioux Falls for a 4pm game.