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    Musketeers Blank Omaha In Playoff Opener

    By Tanner Hoops 05/01/2021, 11:15pm CDT

    (Ralston, NE) - Shai Buium and Ben Doran each scored goals and Akira Schmid finished with 25 saves as the Sioux City Musketeers Negaunee the Clark Cup playoffs with a 2-0 shutout victory against Omaha on Saturday.
    Doran opened the scoring with just under eight minutes left in the first period when Jackson Nieuwendyk forced a Lancer turnover in the neutral zone. The puck made it’s way to Doran, who found himself all alone in front of Omaha goaltender Jakub Dobes. Doran dragged the puck to the right of the net before slapping it past Dobes’ gloved left hand.
    Buium doubled the lead with an unassisted goal three minutes into the second period. Buium collected a loose puck at the Lancer blue line, drove the net and while crossing the goal crease, managed to chip the puck past Dobes’ stick-side. That would be more than enough goal-support for Schmid, who earned his league-best fourth shutout of the season.
    The Musketeers now lead the best-of-three conference semifinal series 1-0 with game two set for Sunday at 4:05pm in Omaha.

    Weekend Preview: Omaha

    By Tanner Hoops 04/30/2021, 11:45am CDT

    #3 SIOUX CITY (31-21-1) @ #2 OMAHA (30-20-3)

    Where: Ralston Arena – Ralston, NE

    When: Saturday, May 1st (6:05pm) - Sunday, May 2nd (4:05pm) - Monday, May 3rd (6:05pm – if necessary)

    Media: HockeyTV, FOX Sports 620 KMNS, iHeartRadio

    Matchup: The Musketeers and Lancers split their eight regular season meetings this year, with each winning three times on their home ice. Sioux City’s lone win at Omaha came in the two team’s most recent contest on April 10, when Chase Bradley scored the game-winning goal with less than a second remaining in overtime. This marks the fifth time that the two franchises have met in the playoffs since the Musketeers’ victory over Omaha in the 2002 Clark Cup Finals. The two clubs last met in the postseason back in 2014 when the Musketeers eliminated Omaha in four games in the conference semifinals. Omaha’s last postseason series victory over Sioux City occurred during the 2008 Western Conference semifinals.

    About the Lancers: Like the Musketeers, Omaha enters the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the USHL, winning seven of their last ten games and picking up a point in each of their last seven contests. The Lancers won their last three regular season games and haven’t suffered a loss in regulation since visiting the Tyson Events Center on March 28. Goaltender Jakub Dobes, a 2020 Montreal Canadians draft selection, has backstopped the team this season with a 2.48 goals against average (4th in the USHL) and a .908 save percentage (3rd in the USHL). Rookie forward Ayrton Martino ranks 8th in the league in total points (18-38—56) despite playing in just 38 games. He also checks in at fifth leaguewide in points per game (1.47) and total assists (38). Teammate Ryan Lautenbach’s 39 assists are good for third-best in the USHL and Nolan Renwick has proven himself to be one of the most dangerous power play shooters this season, lighting the lamp a conference-best nine times on the man-advantage.


    Team Comparison

    Sioux City                                                      Omaha

    15-11-1 (31 points)     Away/Home             18-7-2 (38 Points)

    18.9% (T-9th)              Power Play %           19.8% (8th)

    83.6% (4th)                  Penalty Kill %          85.1% (2nd)

    886 (6th)                       Penalty Minutes      953 (3rd)

    9-1-0 (18 points)          Last Ten Games      7-2-1 (15 points)


    Individual Statistics

    #10 Bradley (22)       Most Goals    #24 Renwick (22)

    #24 Carrabes (21)                             #23 Martino (18)

    #19 Hryckowian (17)                       #51 Dubinsky (14)

    #11 Schimek (11)                              #28 Posma (14)


    #8 Buium (22)           Most Assists #26 Lautenbach (39)

    #19 Hryckowian (21)                       #23 Martino (38)

    #73 Edwards (21)                             #21 Bettens (20)

    #24 Carrabes (19)                             #16 Mitchell/#24 Renwick/#51 Dubinsky (19)


    #35 Schmid (2.01)     Best GAA      #71 Dobes (2.48)

    #35 Schmid (.921)     Best Save %   #71 Dobes (.908)

    Weekend Preview: Fargo

    By Tanner Hoops 04/23/2021, 11:45am CDT

    SIOUX CITY (29-21-1) vs FARGO (30-19-3)

    Where: Tyson Events Center Fleet Farm Arena – Sioux City, IA

    When: Friday, April 23rd and Saturday, April 24th (7:05pm)

    Media: HockeyTV, FOX Sports 620 KMNS, iHeartRadio

    Matchup: This weekend will mark the ninth and tenth meetings of the season between the two squads, with Sioux City winning five of the first eight matchups. The Musketeers won at Fargo 6-3 on December 29 before picking up two victories at the Tyson Events Center, 6-2 on January 10 and 4-2 on January 29. Fargo then swept a weekend series at Scheels Arena, winning 6-2 on February 19 and 2-1 the following night. The Force evened the season series with a 2-0 shutout in Sioux City on March 14 but the Musketeers swept a pair of games at Fargo the following weekend with identical 3-2 final scores.

    About the Force: Fargo enters the weekend sitting second place in the Western Conference, needing a pair of wins and a pair of Tri City losses to earn a number one seed in the Clark Cup playoffs. The Force enter having won three consecutive games, with their most recent defeat coming back on April 9 against Omaha. Fargo has been among the league’s best road teams this season, their 31 away points tied for third-best in the USHL. Tristan Broz, a projected 2nd-3rd round draft pick, leads the team in total points (19-32--51) this season. Buffalo Sabres draftee Aaron Huglen is averaging just under a point per game since rejoining the lineup midway through the year. Brennan Boynton, a University of Minnesota commit, is among the league’s best goaltenders, ranking in the top five in both goals against average and save percentage.


    Team Comparison

    Sioux City                                                       Fargo

    14-10-0 (28 points)   Home/Away                14-8-3 (31 Points)

    18.0% (11th)                Power Play %            18.5% (10th)

    82.9% (4th)                  Penalty Kill %           79.2% (6th)

    834 (6th)                       Penalty Minutes       778 (T-7th)

    9-1-0 (18 points)        Last Ten Games         4-5-1 (9 points)


    Individual Statistics

    #10 Bradley (21)       Most Goals    #9 Broz (19)

    #24 Carrabes (19)                             #22 Huglen (15)

    #19 Hryckowian (15)                       #10 Wong (14)

    #11 Schimek (11)                              #8 Davidson (13)


    #8 Buium (20)           Most Assists #9 Broz (32)

    #19 Hryckowian (19)                       #2 Siedem (30)

    #73 Edwards (19)                             #8 Davidson (26)

    #24 Carrabes (17)                            #15 Monds/#22 Huglen (20)


    #35 Schmid (2.04)     Best GAA      #33 Boynton (2.38)

    #35 Schmid (.919)     Best Save %    #33 Boynton (.904)


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