FARGO, N.D. | Outstanding play between the pipes from Matt Jurusik carried the Sioux City Musketeers to a 3-1 United States Hockey League win over the Fargo Force Saturday night at Scheels Arena.
Jurusik (12-10-4) recorded a whopping 53 saves for Coach Luke Strand’s squad, which concluded the weekend with two straight wins over a squad that slipped to second place in the Western Conference. The former University of Wisconsin Badger goaltender converted 87 of 89 save attempts in the two victories.
Jurusik, who claimed 45 saves after two periods, improved his goals-against average to 2.57 while picking up his third win of the season over Fargo. During nine of his wins, he’s allowed one goal.
Micah Miller became the third Musketeer of the season to accumulate 10 goals when he snapped a 1-all tie with 13:28 left in the game. It was his first game-winning goal of the season and the second of his two-year career.
Matyas Svoboda scored his second goal in as many nights for Sioux City (13-13-5). The 6-foot-2, 212-pound left-handed shooter from Udlice, Czech Republic, took only two shots in the game.
During Svoboda's two games as a Musketeer, the former skater from the Ontario Hockey League’s Peterborough Petes has scored on two of just three shots that he has taken.
Svoboda has taken advantage of playing on a line along with Martin Pospisil and Bauer Neudecker. Both assisted on the goal that gave the Musketeers a 1-0 lead with 7:31 left in the second period.
Fargo (19-10-5) tied the game two minutes later on A.J. Drobot’s goal. Incidentally, Tri-City (21-8-2) is the new leader after a 2-1 overtime win over Youngstown.
Pospisil and Neudecker also assisted on Sampo Ranta’s 10th goal of the season, an empty-netter with 47 seconds left in the game. Pospisil has matched Miller with a season-best scoring streak of five games while Neudecker has scored in four of his last five games.
Sioux City’s next two games are against Fargo. Scheels Arena will be the site of Thursday night’s game and then the two teams will meet Friday at the Tyson Events Center.