CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa | Sioux City got third-period goals from Odeen Tufto and Phillip Knies to tie the game and then go ahead as the Western Division leaders went on to defeat Cedar Rapids 3-2 in a United States Hockey League at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena Saturday.
The Musketeers averted an upset by a Rough Rider team which has been at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings most of the year.
Cedar Rapids got the first goal of the game on Justin Cole's sixth of the year late in the first period, but Sioux City was able to get on even terms when Tufto scored his first of two for the game in the second period.
Riese Zmolek put Cedar Rapids ahead 2-1 with a score 45 seconds into the third frame and held that edge until just under five minutes left in regulation when Tufto got his second of the night and 11th of the season.
Kristian Pospisil and Charlie Kelleher assisted on both of Tufto's goals. It was the seventh assist in nine games for Kelleher since coming to Sioux City in a trade with Tri-City and he has a combined 29 assists to lead the team.
Phillip Kneis got the game-winner with 3:34 left in regulation off an assist from Aapeli Rasanen. It was his 16th goal of the season.
Sioux City (31-9-7, 69 points) moved three points up on second-place Waterloo which suffered an 8-3 drubbing by Team USA Saturday.
The Musketeers are back in action Sunday with a 4:05 p.m. start at Madison.