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    Second Period Barrage Powers Musketeers Past Sioux Falls

    By Tanner Hoops 01/16/2021, 10:00pm CST

    (Sioux City, IA) - A four-goal second period powered the Sioux City Musketeers to a 6-2 victory over rival Sioux Falls on Saturday.

    The Musketeers scored the only goal of the opening period when Joel Maatta deflected a Gabe Blanchard slapshot past Stampede netminder Noah Grannon.

    Justin Hryckowian scored twice within the first five minutes of the second period to extend the lead to three. Less than a minute later Kirklan Irey bounced a puck to himself off of a pane of glass and slid it past Grannon to make it a 4-0 game. Then it was Matteo Costantini collecting a centering pass from John Fusco at the top of the crease, where he buried it in the back of the net for his first career USHL goal.

    Sioux Falls got a goal back before the intermission when Cole Sillinger scored on a breakaway but the Musketeers had an answer less than 90 seconds into the third period when Brian Carrabes scored a breakaway goal of his own. JP Turner added a Stampede goal with just over two minutes left in regulation but it was too little, too late.

    Eight different Musketeers recorded a point in the game and four had multipoint performances meanwhile Akira Schmid finished with 21 saves. Sioux City is now 9-8-1 and returns to action Tuesday night to host Lincoln.

    Costantini, Buium Headline Musketeer Roster Moves

    By Tanner Hoops 01/11/2021, 3:30pm CST

    The Sioux City Musketeers announced a flurry of roster moves on Monday, headlined by the acquisition of centerman Matteo Costantini.

    Costantini, an 18-year old from St. Catherines, Ontario, was selected 131st overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2020 NHL Draft. The University of North Dakota commit was set to play for Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League this season, however the league paused operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Matteo is a high-character individual that brings maturity to our forward group,” said Musketeer general manager Andy Johnson, “He has elite puck skill and will provide an instant shot of offense to our team. We expect him to be an all-situations player for us." 

    Costantini spent the past two seasons in the Buffalo Junior Sabres organization, which included a full season playing in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Last season he was Buffalo’s top goal-scorer, lighting the lamp 36 times in 50 games. He also tallied 32 assists and his 68 total points were tied for the team lead.

    The Musketeers also announced that defenseman Shai Buium has elected to remain with the team for the remainder of the 2020-21 season, rather than return to Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

    "Credit goes to the coaches at Shattuck for the development to this point as he's made tremendous strides over the past two seasons,” continued Johnson “He's shown a high-end skillset on both ends of the rink and continues to get better every day.”

    The 6’3, 215-lbs blue-liner has recorded five points in 12 games with the Musketeers this season, including his first career USHL goal as part of Sunday’s 6-2 win over Fargo. The University of Denver commit was given a “B” NHL Draft rating by NHL Central Scouting, indicating a likely second or third round selection.

    The Musketeers now turn their attention to a two-game roadtrip against archrival Sioux Falls Thursday and Friday before welcoming the Stampede to the Tyson Events Center on Saturday.

    Strong Second Period Lifts Musketeers Past Sioux Falls

    By Tanner Hoops 01/15/2021, 9:30pm CST

    (Sioux Falls, SD) - The Sioux City Musketeers bounced back from an overtime loss a night before, topping Sioux Falls 4-3 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center on Friday.

    The Musketeers struck first when Brian Carrabes ripped a slapshot from the right circle past Stampede netminder Trent Burnham with seven minutes left in the first period. Sioux City looked to take a one-goal lead into the intermission but Sioux Falls struck back when Cole Sillinger scored on a one-timer with 0.2 seconds left in the period.
    The Musketeers quickly rebounded, scoring three consecutive second period goals. Bennett Schimek found the back of the net on an odd-angle shot minutes before Justin Hryckowian scored 4-on-4 to put the Musketeers up by two. Then it was Joel Maatta taking a puck away right in front of the Sioux Falls net and sliding it past Burnham to give Sioux City a 4-1 lead. However Stampede forward Luke Toporowski cut the deficit in half with a goal midway through the period and Sioux Falls’ Tyler Haskins scored with 6:34 left in regulation to bring the Stampede within one. But Sioux Falls couldn’t capitalize on a late Musketeer penalty as Sioux City held off a furious rally to secure the victory.
    Eight different Musketeers recorded a point in the contest while Alex Tracy stopped 21 shots in net. Sioux City evens their record at 8-8-1 and returns to action on Saturday as they welcome the Stampede to the Tyson Events Center for a 7:05 puck drop.


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