Well it wasn’t pretty but the Sioux City Musketeers took game one of the Clark Cup Final in overtime beating Chicago 5 to 4 in overtime!
It was a high scoring first period with five goals between the two teams. Brian Rigali got the scoring early off a pass from Connor ford to make it 1-0 only 31 seconds into the game, and it looked like we might be headed for another blowout. Chicago answer right back with two goals of their own. Jason O’Neill and Baker Shore scored to give the Steele a 2 to 1 lead. The Musketeers then fired back with two goals to finish the first period. Keegan Mantaro scored at the 10:27 mark from Micah Miller. Odeen Tufto gave the Musketeers a 3 to 2 lead at the 18:46 mark from Kristian Pospisil and Charlie Kelleher.
It was a much more defensive second period with the only goal registered by Chicago’s Jordan Seyfert tying the game at 3.
The battle continued into the third. Chicago’s Jack Badini gave the Steele their second lead of the game at the 5:16 mark of the third, and the Musketeers were in trouble.
Rigali saved the day for the Musketeers when he scored his second goal of the night late in the third to tie it at 4. Miller set up the tying goal at the 17:02 mark.
The game would then be headed for a tense and exciting overtime, luckily it didn’t last long. After the Musketeers drew a double minor power play in overtime, Phillip Knies buried a beautiful pass from Odeen Tufto at the 2:27 mark of overtime to win the game for the Muskies. Kristian Pospisil picked up the secondary assist on the game winner.
Mattiss Kivlenieks tracked down his 7th win of the post season stopping 20 Steele attempts. Emergency goaltender Matt Ladd did an outstanding job keeping his high scoring Chicago squad in the contest. He stopped 25 Musketeer shots in the game.
Sioux City takes game one with game two Saturday in Sioux City. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm, if you missed this game you don’t want to miss the next one Sioux City.