THURSDAY NIGHT

WHO: Sioux City (7-11-3) at Sioux Falls (12-7-6)

WHERE/WHEN: Denny Sanford Premier Center, 7:05 p.m.

RADIO: KMNS Radio, 620 AM

SATURDAY NIGHT

WHO: Lincoln (11-9) at Sioux City (7-11-3)

WHERE/WHEN: Tyson Events Center, 7:05 p.m.

RADIO: KMNS Radio, 620 AM

SUNDAY NIGHT

WHO: Omaha (13-7-1) at Sioux City (7-11-3)

WHERE/WHEN: Tyson Events Center, 7:05 p.m.

RADIO: KMNS Radio, 620 AM

MUSKETEERS NOTES

Coach Luke Strand’s rapidly-improving Musketeers will be looking for their third consecutive victory tonight and their third straight win in the season series against Sioux Falls ... Sioux City has won both games 2-1, as Micah Miller (6 goals, 4 assists) scored a shootout goal on Oct. 14 at the Tyson Events Center while Cole Koepke (9, 1) scored an overtime goal in a Nov. 10 win at the Denny Sanford Premier Center ... Samuel Salonen (2, 3) tallied a goal with 7:18 left in regulation in the November win ... Matt Jurusik (6-9-3, 2.73 goals-against average), has a .969 (63 of 65) save percentage against the Stampede ... Sioux City will also seek to avenge a 6-3 loss to Lincoln which occurred Nov. 4 at the Tyson, a game that saw the Stars roll to a 4-0 first-period lead ... Salonen, Keegan Mantaro (1, 1) and Koepke each scored power-play goals in the first six minutes of the second period of that game, but Lincoln outshot the Musketeers 23-3 in the third period ... Sioux City will also try to avenge a 3-0 loss to Omaha on Dec. 9 at the Tyson, where among the Lancers’ goal scorers was Aaron Grounds, who came in a trade made last Saturday for Mathieu De St. Phalle (1, 5) ... Jurusik, for only the second time of the season, had a shutout after two periods against the Lancers ... Omaha, which will meet the Musketeers for the sixth consecutive New Year’s Eve, has won four of the previous five meetings, including shootouts in 2014 and 2016 ... Sioux City’s last New Year’s Eve win came in 2015, 4-1 over the Lancers ... Tonight’s game will mark the Musketeers debut for 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenseman Nate Knoepke and forward Aaron Grounds ... Knoepke, an 18-year old native of Farmington, Minn., played two games this season for the University of Minnesota and also has 60 games of USHL experience, combining for two goals and 10 assists the previous two years for Team USA ... Grounds, a 6-2, 188-pound native of White Bear Lake, Minn., scored only one goal in eight games this season for Omaha.

SIOUX FALLS NOTES

Sioux Falls leads the USHL with a 25.7 percent (28 of 109) power play and its leading scorer on the man advantage, Artem Ivanyuzhenkov (8 goals, 7 assists) is in a three-way tie for second place with six power play goals ... Nolan Walker (10, 9) has five power play goals while three players have at least three, including scoring leader Khristian Acosta (5, 15) ... defenseman Colin Swoyer (1, 17) is tied for first in the USHL with 11 power play assists while Acosta is among three from the league with eight ... Walker enters tonight’s game riding an eight-game scoring streak for a team that’s second in the league with 85 goals ... Mikhail Berdin (9-4-3), 11th in the USHL with his 2.63 GAA, has posted a .952 save percentage this season against the Musketeers, converting 59 of 62 save attempts.

LINCOLN NOTES

Fourth among USHL scorers with 22 points (9 goals, 13 assists), Casey Dornbach recorded two assists in the 6-3 win at Sioux City ... Dominick Mersch (9, 6) had a goal and two assists in the victory ... Two Stars are among the league’s top rookie scorers, as Devlin McCabe (6, 7) is fifth with 13 points while Paul Cotter (7, 3) is tied for seventh with 10 points ... Tomas Vomacka (7-7, 3 shutouts) is sixth in the USHL with a 2.43 GAA ... Defenseman Wyatt Aamodt (1, 1) is a former high school teammate of Musketeers forward Cole Koepke at Hermantown, Minn. ... Lincoln has the USHL’s second-best penalty kill at 88.3 percent (106 of 120) ... Despite being outscored 25-23, the Stars are 5-1 when leading after the first period, but have outscored opponents 22-13 in the second period.

OMAHA NOTES

Omaha has outscored opponents 33-12 while winning each of its last eight games ... Cole Gallant (6 goals, 14 assists) has provided three goals and nine assists in a six-game scoring streak heading into tonight’s game against Waterloo ... Christian O’Neill (7, 14) is ninth in the USHL with 21 points, has two goals and 11 assists in the winning streak ... Filip Suchy (8, 8) registered one of his three 2-goal games this season in the 3-0 win over the Musketeers ... goaltender Zach Driscoll (7-3) ranks second in the league in GAA (1.89) and shutouts (4) ... Omaha has allowed 49 goals, second in the league ... Scoring balance is another key as seven Lancers have scored at least six goals and five have at least two game-winning goals.

-- Jerry Giese

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