SHAWNEE MISSION, Kan. | Shootouts were something the Sioux City Metros had never experienced in varsity action this season.
Kansas City Jets goaltender Ryan Raff had stopped four shootout attempts by the Metros. However, Reece Mcdonald turned in a shot that went past Raff’s reach and the Metros stretched their winning streak to 12 games following Sunday’s 3-2 Midwest High School Hockey League win at the Kansas City Ice Center and Pavillion.
Winners by a 6-1 score on Saturday, Coach Dave LeGree’s Metros improved to 16-1-1, while posting their fourth win of the season over the Jets. Drake Beller hiked his scoring streak to six games and goaltender Blake Beller, perfect in five save opportunities in the shootout, continued his stellar play between the pipes.
Sioux City solidified its lead to a 33-28 point margin over second-place Omaha while Kansas City and the Des Moines Capitals are tied for third with 26 points. LeGree’s squad, which has outscored opponents 63-17 in the winning streak, lead the MHSHL with 82 goals and rank second defensively, yielding 28 goals.
A left wing, Drake Beller recorded three goals and two assists in Saturday’s win while his linemates also excelled. Right wing James Page contributed two goals and two assists while center Connor Sand dished three assists.
Chase Lewison scored Saturday’s first goal. Mcdonald and Walter Werden assisted on Lewison’s seventh goal of the season, which came a minute and 40 seconds into the opening period.
Five and a half minutes later, Page increased the Metros’ lead to 2-0 lead. Beller scored two of the team’s three second-period goals, then picked up his second hat trick of the season with a third-period goal.
Blake Beller recorded 16 saves, then recorded 22 saves in Sunday’s contest. Beller (16-1-1), who has played start to finish in all of Sioux City’s 18 games, improved his goals-against-average to 1.55 following his 28th career victory.
Drake Beller gave the Metros a 1-0 lead on a goal at the 5:41 mark of the first period, but six minutes later, Holden Carroll’s goal tied the game.
Noah Watkins gave Kansas City (12-4-2) a 2-1 lead on a power play goal at the 1:41 mark of the second period. Fifteen minutes later, Mcdonald tied the game with his seventh goal of the season.
Taylor Frerichs missed the first shootout goal for the Metros. Drake Beller, Page and Lewison missed shootout chances before Mcdonald connected.
Sioux City’s junior varsity went 1-0-1 on the weekend, beginning with Saturday’s 2-0 victory. Goaltender Will Stokes (5-3) recorded his third shutout of the season and collected 33 saves while Taylor Frerichs and Tyler Ownby each scored power play goals in the second period.
Kansas City edged the Metros’ JV 2-1 in a shootout Sunday. Smith Archer scored a second-period goal for the Metros (10-5-3) while goaltender Collin Patrick (5-2-2) had 21 saves in regulation and two during the shootout.
The Metros will host the Quad City Blues Saturday and Sunday at the IBP Ice Center.