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MUSKETEERS WEEKEND OUTLOOK

FRIDAY

WHO: Waterloo (2-1) at Sioux City (2-1)

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

RADIO: KMNS Radio, 620 AM

SATURDAY

WHO: Des Moines (*1-3) at Sioux City (*2-1)

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

RADIO: KMNS Radio, 620 AM

*-Record going into Friday’s games

MUSKETEERS NOTES

Matt Jurusik (2-1), who stopped each of the five shots he faced in last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Sioux Falls, currently ranks sixth among United States Hockey League goaltenders with a 1.92 goals-against average ... Solag Bakich (1 goal), who scored a first-period goal that tied the game in the first period, began his USHL career last season by playing 21 games for Des Moines, where he had four goals and three assists ... Sampo Ranta (2 goals, 1 assist) had scored in his first two games of the season, but was unable to score in the win over Sioux Falls ... Hayden Rowan (1, 2) moved into a tie for the scoring lead when he assisted on Bakich’s goal ... Micah Miller, who recorded the game-winning goal in the shootout against Sioux Falls, registered two goals and three assists against Waterloo last season, including a goal and an assist in the Western Conference Finals ... Defenseman and team captain Brady Ferner scored the first goal in last season’s 5-0 win over Des Moines in Game 2 of the Western Conference’s first round ... Defenseman Keegan Mantaro (1 assist) recorded three assists last season against the two teams on this weekend’s schedule, including an assist in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against Des Moines and an assist against Waterloo.

WATERLOO NOTES

Jared Moe and Matej Tomek have each been utilized as goaltenders thus far for the Blackhawks ... Moe faced Dubuque twice last weekend, recording 30 saves in last Friday’s win 2-0 at Dubuque, then 22 saves the following night in a 1-0 loss at Young Arena to win USHL goaltender of the week honors ... Garrett Wait (1, 2) scored in each of his first two games, dishing assists on goals from Jack Drury and Matej Blumel in the win over Dubuque ... Ben Copeland (1 goal, 1 assist) provided all of his offense in a season-opening 4-2 win at Sioux Falls on Oct. 7 ... Jackson Cates scored Waterloo’s lone power-play goal of the season against Sioux Falls.

DES MOINES NOTES

Scoring leader Nicolas Werbik (2 goals, 3 assists) has scored in each of the Buccaneers’ first four games, including a goal and an assist in a 3-2 loss to Muskegon on Oct. 7 ... A native of Zlin, Czech Republic, Werbik had 18 goals and 21 assists last season for Youngstown ... Sam Hentjes (3, 1) has scored in three of the Buccaneers’ first four games, including a goal and an assist in a season-opening 6-2 win over Madison on Oct. 6 ... Scooter Brickey (1, 3) is in a four-way tie for second place among USHL defenseman scoring with four points ... Des Moines is in a three-way tie for third place in the league at 33.3 percent (4 of 12) on the power play, where Mike Hardman has a goal and two assists.

-- Jerry Giese

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