The Musketeers opened up their pre-season schedule with a 5-1 win against the defending Clark Cup Champion Sioux Falls Stampede at Vernon Arena in Sioux Center, Iowa tonight.
Christian Meike (Filips Buncis, Brian Rigali) opened scoring at 8:52 into the first period with a wrist shot that beat Stampede goaltender Ales Stezka from the left point, going stick side high for the opening tally.
Finnish forward Eeli Tolvanen (unassisted) scored the first of two goals on the evening at the 16:57 mark of the second period. Evan Wisocky (Logan Gestro, Mitchell Fossier), made it 3-0 just 8 seconds later with his 1st of the preseason at 17:05.
Sioux Falls’ Shane Kuzmeski (Daniel Warpecha) finally solved the Musketeers starting goaltender, Cam Gornet, on the power play at the 7:52 mark of the third period, but it would be all Sioux City after that when Tolvanen (Fossier) put his second of the night to bed at 9:31 while the Musketeers were short-handed. Matt Steeves capped all scoring with a penalty shot tally at 14:36 of the third after getting hauled down on a breakaway at 14:36 of the third.
Sioux Falls went 1 for 5 on the power play, Sioux City went 0-4 with a man advantage. Sioux City outshot the Stampede 37-26 on the evening.
Cam Gornet stopped 25 of 26 Sioux Falls shots in net for the Musketeers. Stezka allowed 5 goals on 37 Sioux City attempts.
The Musketeers (1-0-0) return to action on Saturday night, September 12th when they host the Omaha Lancers (1-0-0)
Sioux Falls Stampede 1 at Sioux City Musketeers 5 - Status: Final
Friday, September 11, 2015 - Vernon Arena
Sioux Falls 0 0 1 - 1
Sioux City 1 2 2 - 5
1st Period-1, Sioux City, Meike 1 (Buncis, Rigali), 8:52. Penalties-Steeves Sc (cross checking), 10:25; Courtnall Sf (checking from behind), 11:05.
2nd Period-2, Sioux City, Tolvanen 1 16:57. 3, Sioux City, Wisocky 1 (Gestro, Fossier), 17:05. Penalties-Lehtimaki Sc (hooking), 9:10; Switzer Sf (roughing), 19:44.
3rd Period-4, Sioux Falls, Kuzmeski 1 (Warpecha), 7:52 (PP). 5, Sioux City, Tolvanen 2 (Fossier), 9:31. 6, Sioux City, Steeves 1 14:36 (PS). Penalties-Azar Sf (checking from behind), 0:34; Steeves Sc (tripping), 5:11; Courtnall Sf (roughing), 6:01; Dodero Sc (roughing), 6:01; Trinkberger Sc (cross checking), 7:01; Courtnall Sf (roughing), 8:37; Lehtimaki Sc (high sticking), 9:09; Rostagno Sf (hooking), 14:36; Blachman Sf (cross checking), 15:14; Sundquist Sc (roughing), 15:14; Rostagno Sf (roughing, roughing), 19:37; Steeves Sc (roughing, roughing), 19:37.
Shots on Goal-Sioux Falls 9-9-8-26. Sioux City 13-11-13-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Sioux Falls 1 / 5; Sioux City 0 / 4.
Goalies-Sioux Falls, Stezka 0-1-0 (37 shots-32 saves). Sioux City, Gornet 1-0-0 (26 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Stan Szczurek (23).
Linesmen-Trevor Atkinson (82).