SIOUX FALLS | Sioux Falls has some of the deepest scoring depth in the United States Hockey League.
Six different players scored goals for the Stampede, who remained tied with Waterloo for the Western Conference lead with a 6-2 win over the Sioux City Musketeers Friday night at Sioux Falls Arena.
Sioux Falls and Waterloo, each 13-5 in the rugged Western Conference, where five teams have .500 or better records, each have eight players with 10 or more points. Todd Skirving (13 goals, 7 assists), whose eight-game scoring streak ended in Wednesday night’s 3-2 overtime win over Fargo, didn’t score for a second straight game, but two of the squad’s double-digit scorers, Matt Van Voorhis and Dennis Kravchenko, each scored first-period goals for a club that’s now 11-2 on their home rink.
Sioux City (3-11-3), for the second straight game in the series against its Interstate 29 rival, trailed 2-0 in the opening period. Twice, Coach Brett Larson’s Musketeers pulled within a goal, the latest at the 3:48 mark of the second period when Dan Molenaar scored a power-play goal to trim the deficit to 3-2.
It was Molenaar’s first goal since Oct. 26, when he scored a power-play goal for a 2-2 tie in an eventual 4-2 loss at Sioux Falls. Jared Kolquist, who assisted on Molenaar’s second goal with a man advantage this season, hiked his scoring streak to two games.
Now 0-7-1 in road games, Sioux City outshot Sioux Falls 19-13 in the final two periods. Winning goaltender Jan Obernasser stopped each of the last 17 shots he faced after yielding Molenaar’s third goal of the season.
Jake Montgomery, who scored a first-period goal for the Musketeers, took four shots along with defenseman Michael Holland. Their new teammate, former Youngstown Phantom J.T. Stenglein, acquired in a trade on Thursday for Cam Brown (see story on this page), attempted three shots.
Sioux City will play at Omaha (9-10) tonight.
Sioux Falls 6, Sioux City 2
First period: 1, Sioux Falls -- Zeb Knutson (Sam Rothstein, Thomas Forgione), :55. 2, Sioux Falls -- Matt Van Voorhis (Forgione), 9:58. 3, Sioux City -- Jake Montgomery (Jake Guentzel), 12:40. 4, Sioux Falls -- Dennis Kravchenko (Kyle Schempp), shorthanded, 17:47. Penalties: Pond, SC, elbowing, 10:34; Pond, SC, tripping, 14:55; Milan, SF, slashing, 16:26; Sirro, SF, fighting major, 19:36; LaCroix, SC, fighting major, 19:36.
Second period: 5, Sioux City -- Dan Molenaar (Jared Kolquist), power play, 3:48. 6, Sioux Falls -- Vincent Muto (unassisted), power play, 5:49. Penalties: Schuldt, SF, head contact, 1:58; Skiving, SF, cross checking, 2:42; Molenaar, SC, cross checking, 4:44; Schuldt, SF, fighting major, 9:01; McGlynn, SC, fighting major, 9:01; Majkozak, SF, interference, 14:06; Schuldt, SF, slashing, 17:26.
Third period: 7, Sioux Falls -- Cody Milan (unassisted), 5:32. 8, Sioux Falls -- Tony Calderone (Schempp), 13:13. Penalties: Forgione, SF, hooking, 6:45;
Score by periods:
Sioux City 1 1 0 -- 2
Sioux Falls 3 1 2 -- 6
Shots on goal:
Sioux City 3 8 11 -- 22
Sioux Falls 14 7 6 -- 27
Power play: Sioux City 1 for 6, Sioux Falls 1 for 3.
Goaltenders: Joe Ballmer, Sioux City, 27 shots, 21 saves; Jan Obernesser, Sioux Falls, 22 shots, 20 saves.
Referee: Tom Albindia. Linesmen: Matt Larson, Brady Johnson.