Saturday, March 8, 2008

Musketeers Fan Write-Up

The Sioux City Musketeers are in a three-way for second place in the West Division with a 27-18-2 record. The Muskies finished the month of February with a 4-7-1 record and are currently 0-1 in the month of March.

Leading the Way:

Scoring: Steve Quailer- 16 g, 26 a, 42 pts.

Goaltending: Josh Robinson- 17-11-1, 2.92 gaa, .907 sv%

Up Next:

The Sioux City Musketeers hit the road for a pair of games with the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets at the Dispatch Ice Haus in Columbus. The Muskies are 1-1 against the Jackets this season, winning 3-0 on Nov. 18 and losing 2-1 Feb. 24 at the Tyson Events Center. Spencer Heichman has tallied 2 goals to lead Sioux City against Ohio. After the long trip, the Musketeers have 11 games remaining in the regular season. Of note are 2 games, one each against Lincoln and Sioux Falls, who are tied with the Muskies in the West Division. Nine of the final 13 games are on the road for Sioux City.

Last Week:

Sioux City went 1-2 last week. The Muskies dropped a 7-3 decision in Sioux Falls last Wednesday. Steve Quailer scored 2 goals in the contest, one short-handed and one on the power play.

The Muskies regrouped to put on a strong performance Friday and beat West Division leader Omaha, 3-2 in a shootout. Travis Oleksuk scored the lone goal in the shootout, while Josh Robinson turned away all 5 Lancer shooters. The win ended the Lancers’ 12 game win streak.

The Musketeers lost to the East Division leading Indiana Ice 5-1 on Saturday at the Tyson Events Center. The game was close at 2-1 going into the 3rd period, but the Ice scored three times in the final stanza to put the game away. Jake Johnson scored the lone Musketeer goal, his first as a member of the Muskies, on a beautiful set-up from Joey Miller.

Musketeer Musings:

-Joey Miller has been named the new team captain for the Musketeers.

-As reported earlier, assistant coach Bobby Kinsella will be leaving the team at the end of the season to become the head coach and general manager of the Boston Jr. Rangers AAA midget team.

-Jake Johnson has recorded a point (1 g, 1 a) in each of the two games he has played in for the Musketeers.

-Sioux City should be playing at full-strength for the first time since the Christmas break this weekend or next. Alex Tuckerman (eye) will be ready to suit up this weekend in Ohio. Stephane Da Costa (shoulder) will be back either this weekend or next when the Muskies travel to Kearney.

-Sioux City power play is currently at 13.73%, 11th in the USHL. The Musketeer penalty kill is at 83.27%, 6th in the league.

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