The Musketeers opened up the 2017 Clark Cup Playoffs in dominate fashion beating the Des Moines Buccaneers by a score of 4-1.
The Musketeers peppered the Des Moines net with 50 shots on goal and scored in every period en route to their victory over the Bucs in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal.
The Musketeers opened the scoring with 5:46 left in the first period when Tarek Baker fed JC MacLean with what can only be described as the assist (and maybe play) of the year. Baker was attempting to keep the puck in the offensive zone when his stick was lifted out of his hands. Baker kept after the first passing it to himself with his skate, he then stepped on the puck and sent it toward the slot where a streaking JC MacLean buried it for the games first score.
Charlie Kelleher continues his dominate play from the regular season scoring twice in the second period. Both of his goals were assisted by linemates Odeen Tufto and Kristian Pospisil
Des Moines cut the Musketeer lead to 3-1 when Collin Rutherford scored 65 seconds into the third period but would get no closer. Eeli Tolvanen delivered the knockout punch with a highlight reel goal of his own. Streaking down the right side Tolvanen mad a slick move putting the puck between the Des Moines defenders legs before firing home the game’s final goal on the power play with 6:30 left in the game.
Winning goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks finished the night with 21 saves against 22 Buccaneer shots. Jan Ruzicka made 36 saves in 40 minutes of ice time before being replaced by Nick McNab for the final period. McNab made 10 saves against 11 Musketeer shots.
With the win the Musketeers grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. Game 2 is set for 5:05 on Sunday at the Tyson Events Center.