LINCOLN | Lincoln scored the only goal of an overtime shootout and earned a 3-2 win over Sioux City in a United States Hockey League game played at the Ice Box Saturday evening.
It was the third straight game where the Musketeers and their opponent couldn't settle things in regulation and the second night in a row that Sioux City lost, also falling 5-4 in overtime to Tri-City Friday night.
Sioux City never trailed until the shootout gave Lincoln the win. The Musketeers got the lead 3:29 into the contest when Sampo Ranta took a pass from Micah Miller and scored on a one-timer from just inside the right face-off circle.
Lincoln tied the game up a little over a minute of playing time later, however, with the Stars getting the equalizer on Gustaf Westlund's fourth goal of the year at 4:41 of the opening period.
The middle period turned physical with a fight breaking out between Sioux City's Dorian Dawson and Lincoln's Chrstian Krygier. Both players were given 10-minute misconduct penalties.
The Musketeers' also lost the services of Martin Pospisil as the teams left the ice between the second and third periods after Pospisil was given an abuse of official ejection penalty.
The Musketeers regained the lead 3:53 into the third period, when Cole Koepke scored his 11th of the year on an unassisted effort. Koepke was the hero of Sioux City's 2-1 win over Lincoln on Dec. 30, scoring the game-winning goal with 1.5 seconds left.
Sioux City appeared to have stretched its lead to 3-1 midway through the final period when a shot reached the back of the Lincoln net. The Musketeers' Randy Hernandez was called for goalie interference, however, and the goal was waived off.
The penalty resulted in a power-play goal for Lincoln and Westlund got his second of the game to tie things back up with 8:20 to go.
Paul Cotter scored in the second round of the shootout for Lincoln. Matt Jurusik stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced in net and had a big save in the closing seconds of the five-minute overtime period to keep the game tied.
Sioux City (10-11-5, 25 points) has picked up at least one point in the standings in its last seven games. The Musketeers remain in sixth place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Lincoln (12-3-0, 24 points).