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Musketeers skate past Stampede to earn road win

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The Musketeers won in Sioux Falls on Friday night, 4-3.

SIOUX FALLS (Courtesy S.C. Musketeers) --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.

Brad Pautsch

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