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Musketeers halt the Stampede in OT

By Jake Debo, 11/10/17, 9:30PM CST

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Goals from Koepke and Salonen lift Sioux City over Sioux Falls

SIOUX CITY, IA-- The Musketeers hit the road for the first time in almost a month for a quick road trip up to Sioux Falls and it turns out a little time away from home is just what the doctor ordered.

The Musketeers came out very strong in the 1st period getting plenty of quality time in the offensive zone but were unable to convert on a couple excellent scoring chances.  Although their strong play continued throughout the 1st period they were unable to break the trend of giving up the first goal.  With just under 2 minutes left in the period defenseman Antii Virtanen flipped one toward the net from the blueline, and it found its way past a heavily screened Matt Jurusik to give Sioux Falls a 1-0 lead.  The Musketeers would end the period on the powerplay after Kevin Conley was called for interference but struggled to get anything going.  The period ended with the Stampede up 1-0 but the Musketeers leading in shots 8-7

The Musketeers continued their strong play in the 2nd period, throwing 10 more shots on net, but were unable to find the twine.  The best chance for Sioux City in the period came with just over 10 minutes left in the period. Center Hayden Rowan gained the Stampede zone with speed before dumping the puck off to a streaking Micah Miller on the right side.  Miller immediately fed it to a pinching Luke Johnson who shot it towards a heavily screened Mikhail Berdin but was unable to convert. The Musketeers would continue to be strong in the period but not quite strong enough to put one past Berdin. The period would end with no goals and the Stampede leading in shots 20-18.

The 3rd period went much the same for the Musketeers who continued to gain quality scoring  chances but could not find the back of the net.  Finally Samuel Salonen fired a low shot past Berdin off  a feed from Randy Hernandez and the Musketeers tied this one at 1 goal apiece 13 minutes into the period.  Regulation would end with the scored tied at 1 meaning everyone in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center got a little free hockey.  Sioux Falls is 0-4 in OT so far this season and once again they would fall short in OT. 

After letting in an early soft goal Musketeer goaltender Matt Jurusik played a very strong game and helped keep the Musketeers in this one in overtime.  Just 1:18 into the OT period Martin Pospisil found Koepke in front of the net and the Musketeers assistant captain buried it giving Sioux City the 2-1 win. Salonen and Koepke are now both riding two game goal streaks.  Shots ended up 34-28 in favor of the Stampede who moved to 0-5 in extra time .

The Musketeers will be back in action at the Tyson Events Center tomorrow night against the Western Conference leading Fargo Force for Military Appreciation night.  Come join us as we honor all of our veterans and active duty service members who help make up Musketeer Nation. Military members will receive their ticket FREE with a valid military ID. The Musketeers will be wearing special military jerseys and be sure to stick around after the game for a chance to bid and walk away with one of those jerseys. For ticket information visit Tysoncenter.com or call the Tyson Events Center box office.