OMAHA, NE—The Musketeers had to battle some weather but made it down to Omaha for the final game of the season against the Lancers. It was another long and hard fought battle, but the Musketeers would ultimately drop this one in a shootout by a final score of 3-2.
The Musketeers scored early in each of their last two games, but tonight it would be the opposition who would strike a first. Lancer defenseman Grant Anderson got the puck at the point and sent a shot through traffic to the high corner that beat Kraws to open the scoring and give Omaha a 1-0 lead. From that point on the Musketeers did an excellent job of keeping the puck to the outside and limiting the Lancers opportunities. With just under 5 minutes to play in the period, Parker Ford got the puck deep in the Lancer zone and cut to the middle of the ice and fired a shot that beat Zach Driscoll to tie the game up at one goal apiece.
The Musketeer powerplay has been humming along nicely lately with two powerplay goals in the last two games, and they stepped up in the 1st period again tonight. With just seconds to play in the period, Micah Miller took the puck just below the top of the circle and fired a laser to the top corner to give Sioux City a 2-1 lead with 1.3 seconds on the clock.
The 2nd period was a tight one with neither team giving the other much room on the ice. The Musketeers penalty kill has been excellent as of late, and they shut down the Lancer’s first powerplay attempt 8 minutes into the period. Unfortunately, the Musketeers could not hold off Omaha a second time with the man advantage. Nate Knoepke was called for roughing with just over four minutes to play in the period, and the Lancers scored immediately on the ensuing powerplay. The Musketeers could not muster enough offense in the period to find the go-ahead goal, and the teams would head back to the locker room tied at 2.
The 3rd period saw the Lancers start to take control of the game, but Ben Kraws was sharp. The young goaltender looked excellent all game long and made several monster saves in the period to keep the game tied. He would end up stopping all 14 shots he faced in the period for a three period total of 31 and this game would head to overtime.
The Lancers got a big powerplay opportunity in the extra frame after Parker Ford was called for tripping. The Musketeer penalty kill did an excellent job shutting down the Lancers powerplay. Ben Kraws made the best save of the night to deny the Lancers on the back door and send this one to a shoot out.
It was another long shootout at Ralston with both teams first five shooters failing to score. Eventually, it would be Omaha’s sixth shooter, Ryan Savage, who give Lancers the 3-2 win in the shootout.
The 2017-18 season has officially come to a close for the Musketeers with a final record of 26-26-4-4. The Musketeers would like to thank this opportunity to thank all of the players, coaches, sponsors, and fans for another fantastic year of Musketeer hockey! Although we did not reach our ultimate goal do not worry Musketeer fans, next year we will be back for more.