PLYMOUTH, Mich. | For the fourth straight game the Sioux City Musketeers needed more than regulation to decide the outcome. After coming up short twice last week the Musketeers reversed that trend Friday with a 5-4 shootout win over Team USA U-18.
The Musketeers got goals from Dylan Mills and Sampo Ranta in the shootout to win while Sioux City goaltender Matt Jurusik stopped 38 of 42 shots and blanked both of Team USA's skaters in the shootout.
Team USA looked like it might have got the win in regulation when Gavin Hain scored a power-play goal with just more than six minutes to go to make it 4-3.
The Musketeers responded 28 seconds later with a power-play goal of its own as Ranta found the back of the net for the 10th time this season of assists from Brady Ferner and Cole Koepke.
Sioux City's Adam Kadlec tied the game at 3-all less than two minutes into the third period as Team USA just came off the penalty kill. Kadlec's goal was unassisted as he skated around a defenseman and jammed the puck past the goalie.
The Musketeers (11-11-5) have now earned at least one point in eight straight games.
The Musketeers took a lead early in the second period when Ryan Leibold took a feed from Randy Hernandez and lit the lamp with a little over 16 minutes to play in the second period for a 2-1 advantage.
However, Team USA responded with a goal at the 13:51 mark that beat Jurusik to tie game.
Team USA (12-10-0) was 1 of 3 on the power play while Sioux City, which managed just 22 shots, went 1 of 4.
In a penalty-free first period, Team USA struck first as Erik Middendorf, who had two goals in the game, scored off an assist from Spencer Stastney 7:27 into the game. The Musketeers would get the equalizer about seven minutes later as Mills found the back of the net off an assists from Bauer Neudecker, who just joined the team a week ago following a trade, and Parker Ford.
The two teams are back at it Saturday for the second game of a two-game set. Puck drops at 6:05 p.m.