SIOUX CITY | Shootout Saturday Night didn’t produce the same kind of results this time for the Sioux City Musketeers.
Micah Miller, who produced the goal that gave the Musketeers a 2-1 shootout win over Sioux Falls on Oct. 14, missed a goal that would have tied the shootout score. Prior to Miller’s shootout scoring chance, Adam Goodsir buried a shot past goaltender Matt Jurusik that gave the Tri-City Storm a 3-2 United States Hockey League win at the Tyson Events Center.
Miller had one of the Musketeers’ several shots which were stopped during regulation and overtime. Sampo Ranta scored two goals for a team that battled from 1-0 and 2-1 deficit to force ties, but also was unable to score a third-period penalty shot, along with shots in overtime and the shootout.
Teammates Martin Pospisil and Hayden Rowan also didn’t convert shots in overtime for a 2-4-1 Sioux City team which prior to the shootout, had a 39-21 shots-on-goal advantage
Prior to overtime, there were many other narrow misses. With about four minutes remaining in regulation, Musketeers captain Brady Ferner, a Dakota Dunes native, launched a shot that was stopped off the left skate of the Storm’s Jack Summers.
“It’s getting to be like we can say we’re close, which is really far,” said Musketeers Coach Luke Strand, whose team is 1-2 in games decided by a goal five weeks into the season. “We can say we’re far, which is kind of really close. We have to continue to push and drive and really pull each other along here so we can get over the hump.
“(Coming from behind) shows some resolve for our group. But at the same time, there’s a reason we have to answer this all the time. We have to grow up in some of those areas, right away I think. But at the same time, some guys had performances we should be proud of.”
Ranta turned in his second career twp-goal effort for the Musketeers. He was the team’s second straight individual with two goals in a game, as alternate captain Cole Koepke scored two second-period goals Friday night as Sioux City turned a 3-1 deficit into a deadlock.
Sioux City became the first team to score against Tri-City’s penalty kill this season when Ranta tallied his second power play goal of the season with 2:04 left in the second period. Ranta’s first goal of the night came with 21 seconds remaining in a 5-on-3 situation.
Tri-City (6-1), which had been perfect on three prior PK chances in the game and 19 on the season, had penalties, 69 seconds apart from Goodsir (interference) and Charlie Dovorany (unsportsmanlike conduct).
Tri-City also entered the game fourth in the USHL, going 26.4 percent on the power play. Filip Forsmark’s man-advantage goal four minutes into the third period snapped the 1-all tie, but Ranta’s team-best fifth goal of the season with 8:18 remaining in regulation forced the second deadlock of the contest.
“We need to perform better on special teams,” said Strand. “If we’re plus on that special teams side, that’s a ‘W’. We have to fix those ways. At the same time, winning is a hard thing. We have to earn it. Very rarely are you given something to win.”
The Musketeers’ homestand continues Friday against Waterloo. The following night, Lincoln invades the Tyson Events Center.