SIOUX CITY | Phillip Knies scored a power-play goal 2:27 into overtime to give Sioux City a 5-4 win over Chicago in the opening game of the United States Hockey League's Clark Cup final at the Tyson Events Center Friday.
Knies scored with the Steel's Baker Shore in the penalty box after committing a high sticking infraction 1:20 into the sudden death period. Odeen Tufto and Kristian Pospisil had assists on the winner, the first power-play score in 10 combined man-advanatge situations for the teams.
Brian Rigali's second goal of the game with just under three minutes left in regulation forced the overtime.
Rigalo scored while being dragged down by a defended on break away to get the Musketeers back on even teams at 4-4.
Jack Badini of Chicago had scored with 14:44 left in the third period to put his team up 4-3. It was Badini's ninth straight game where he has scored a point.
Sioux City led 3-2 after one period, getting a go-ahead goal from Tufto when he tipped in a pass from Pospisil with 1:24 left in the first period.
Sioux City got the first goal of the game in the opening minute when Rigali converted a rebound of Connor Ford's shot 31 seconds into the game.
The Steel tied things at 1-1 on Jason O'Neil's first goal of the post season at 2:17 and then took the lead while Sioux City was on the power play when Baker Shore grabbed a loose puck and beat Musketeer goalie Matiss Kivlenieks to put Chicago up 2-1.
Sioux City's Keegan Mantaro made sure the Steel lead short lived when he took a pass from Micah Miller and hammered it home from the open slot to tie things at 2-2.
Chicago got the only goal of the second period, evening things at 5:36 of the middle frame on a goal by Jordan Seyfert.
The teams play again tonight at the Tyson Center in the second game of the best-of-five series.