Sioux City, IA| Once again the Musketeers continue to do what they do best. Win 1 goal games. Sioux City sends it to overtime, and with the first shot of the shootout, it's Eeli Tolvanen scoring the eventual only goal of the shootout.
Musketeers got the scoring started on a power play by Phill Knies his 13th goal of the season assisted by Charlie Kelleher his 25 of the season. Knies picked up the puck dished it to Kelleher at the point and passed it back to Knies just wide of the net, spinning toward the net Knies flipped between the legs and over the shoulder of the goalie just before getting crosschecked. Sioux Falls Josh Passolt answered with a goal the just 5 minutes later beating Kivlenieks.
The two teams were held scoreless during the second by the two goalies. Sioux Falls stopped nine shots, and Sioux City stopped 13 shots.
In the 3rd period, it was Sioux Falls scoring early with an unassisted goal by Max Johnson. After the goal, Musketeers controlled the rest of the period putting 20 shots on net. It was the 12:20 mark of the 3rd when Phill Knies connected with defensemen Joey Matthews who got his 1st goal as a Muskie and his 4th of the season.
It took a little more time Sunday to earn the two points. With the first shooter in the shootout, Eeli skating down the ice and beating Sawyman. Kivlenieks stopped all 3 attempts by the Stampede.
Both goalies kept this game close making big stops on each side. Jeremy Swayman (SF) stopped 50 shots on 52 attempts keeping the Stampede in the game. Musketeers, Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 29 shots on 31 attempts. Improving his record to 24-5-4-2, 1.74 goals against average, and a 93.9 save percentage.
Musketeers started 5 games in 10 days earning 8 of the 10 possible points starting off with Sioux Falls winning 4-1. They then went to Omaha and Tuesday and winning on a Kristian Pospisil penalty shot. In a close game Friday, feel short to Chicago. It was Kivlenieks keeping Tri-City scoreless for a 2-0 victory. Ending the 5 game trek in Sioux Falls with a Tolvanen shootout goal.
Musketeers now hold possession of first by two points over the Waterloo Black Hawks. Sioux City heads to Green Bay this weekend for two games. Then Friday, February 24th Lincoln Stars stop by for a match-up before the Muskies head to Tri-City on Saturday. Tickets are available by going to www.TysonCenter.com or by calling the Musketeers office (712) 252-2116.