LINCOLN, NE—The Musketeers were in Lincoln on Thursday for Valentine’s Day Matchup with the Lincoln Stars. A couple of quick starts would be enough to propel the Musketeers to a 3-1 win on Valentine's Day.
The Musketeers got out to another quick start in this one, and it was the quickest start they have had all season. Ian Malcolmson gave the Musketeers a 1-0 lead just 11 seconds into the contest when he was sprung on a breakaway by an excellent pass from Nolan Krenzen. Malcolmson made it look easy on the ensuing shot and Musketeers were up 1-0 before fans had even gotten to their seats.
The banged up and shorthanded Musketeers did a good job of limiting Lincoln’s scoring chances throughout the 1st period. Sioux City came into this game with just three full forward lines and four defensemen. Despite this, the Musketeers managed to hold off Lincoln and extend their lead later in the period.
Bobby Brink put on an incredible display of skill when he collected the puck off the left side boards before he proceeded to beat two Lincoln defenders by dragging the puck to his backhand. Brink would make it all the way to the front of the net before pulling the puck to his forehand and jamming home his 18th goal of the season. Jordan Steinmetz had the assist on the goal.
The Musketeers would come out quick again in the 2nd period and extended their lead to three goals off the back of Parker Ford and Bobby Brink. Ford did an excellent job holding off several Lincoln defenders below the goal-line, using his strength and body position to protect the puck. After a quick couple of direction changes, Ford threw a backhand pass to the front of the net where Brink was waiting to fire it home for his second goal of the game.
The Musketeers kept Lincoln off the board, sending Sioux City to the locker room with a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Musketeers couldn’t manage to find the back of the net in the 3rd period, but it turns out they wouldn’t need to. Brock Bremer brought the Stars within two just 2:02 into the frame, but that would be all the offense the Stars could find. Sioux City takes this one by a final score of 3-1.
Jake Sibell had a strong night in net with 34 saves on 35 shots while Samuel Hlavaj had 40 saves for the Stars
The Musketeers will return to action tomorrow night against the Omaha Lancers in what should be a very interesting game back at Ralston Arena. Puck drop set for 7:35 pm.