SIOUX CITY | Sometimes, action on the rink gets a little testy when two hockey teams see each other for the second straight night.
Martin Pospisil had been out of the penalty box for barely a minute when he spotted Muskegon Lumberjacks forward Colby Bukes hit Pospisil’s teammate, Sioux City Musketeers captain Brady Ferner to the head on a cross check late in the first period.
Pospisil, the United States Hockey League’s penalty minute leader, retaliated, as he and the Lumberjacks’ Benito Posa exchanged fists. Both players were penalized for game misconduct.
Sioux City trailed 2-0 at the time when the third and fourth double-minor penalties of the first period were called. Muskegon avenged Friday night’s 4-1 loss to the Musketeers with a 6-2 United States Hockey League win Saturday night at L.C. Walker Arena, receiving two goals each from Matej Pekar and Anthony Del Gaizo.
Muskegon (23-19-2) scored goals about a minute and a half apart early in the first period while staking itself to a lead it never lost. Pekar, the USHL’s rookie scoring leader with 39 points (9 goals, 30 assists) took part in both goals, scoring a power play goal at the 5:02 mark and then assisting on a goal from league scoring leader Anthony Del Gaizo (32 goals, 20 assists).
Sioux City (19-17-6) trailed 3-0 in the second period before goals 40 seconds apart from Cole Mills and Luke Johnson made things interesting. Johnson’s first goal of the season came immediately as Muskegon’s Monte Graham cross-checked Parker Ford.
Micah Miller assisted on Johnson’s goal. An alternate captain for the Musketeers, Miller has scored in four of his last five games, providing three goals and an assist in that time.
Pekar answered back with his second goal five minutes later as Muskegon regained a two-goal lead. With 20 seconds remaining the second intermission, Anthony Del Gaizo, the league’s goal leader, recorded his 10th 2-goal game of the season.
The Musketeers will make up last Wednesday’s halted game at Madison Monday night, beginning at 6 o’clock at Bob Suter Capitol Arena. Play will resume with 34 seconds left in the first period and Madison controlling a 2-1 lead.
Then on Tuesday, the Musketeers will continue their grueling schedule when they play at Waterloo.