WHO: Sioux City (15-13-6) at Lincoln (14-18-1)
WHERE/WHEN: Ice Box Arena, 7:05 p.m.
RADIO: KMNS Radio, 620 AM
Coach Luke Strand’s Musketeers have a better record on the road (8-6-2) than on home ice (7-7-4) ... Part of Sioux City’s success away from the Tyson Events Center came with 2-1, 3-1 and 4-3 shootout wins at Fargo in a seven-day span that concluded last Thursday ... On the road, the Musketeers have scored more goals than at home (44 to 35), but on the road, they’ve also allowed more goals (57 to 49) ... Away from home, Sioux City’s power play has also has more success, scoring at a 13.7 percent clip ... Alternate captain Cole Koepke (14 goals, 1 assist) has scored a goal in each of the three games against Lincoln, beginning with a second-period power play goal that pulled the Musketeers within 4-3 in a 6-3 loss on Nov. 4 at the Tyson ... Koepke also scored with 1.9 seconds left in the third period of a 2-1 win on Dec. 30 at the Tyson, then scored a second-period goal for a 2-1 lead in a 3-2 shootout loss on Jan. 6 at Ice Box Arena ... Micah Miller (11, 5) and Martin Pospisil (3, 13) have each recorded two assists in the season series ... Matyas Svoboda (3, 2) will try to extend his scoring streak to six games tonight ... Despite playing in only five games, Svoboda is tied with Koepke and Parker Ford (3, 5) for the team lead with two game-winning goals ... Limited to just four shots in his first three games as a Musketeer, Svoboda took five shots in Friday’s 2-1 win over Fargo, including the game-winner with 3:08 left in the third period ... Dylan Mills (7, 1) scored his league-leading second shootout goal in last Thursday's 4-3 win over Fargo, the same night that Matt Jurusik (14-10-4, 2.52 GAA) posted his league-best fifth shootout win ... Jurusik also ranks second in saves (754) and third in minutes (1,641).
Casey Dornbach (13 goals, 19 assists), currently tied for seventh in the USHL scoring race, is the offensive leader for Lincoln, which has been outscored 12-2 while losing each of its last three games ... Dornbach, who has career totals of 24 goals and 32 assists in his 1 ½ seasons with the Stars, has three assists in the season series against Sioux City, two which came in the 6-3 victory ... Dominick Mersch (11, 9) has 28 goals and 28 assists in 2 ½ seasons at Lincoln ... Gustaf Westlund (6, 11), a native of Stockholm, Sweden, scored two goals in the 3-2 shootout win at Ice Box, the second coming with 8:20 left in the third period that forced overtime ... Paul Cotter (8, 5) scored the shootout goal ... Cotter and Devlin McCabe (7, 9) are the team’s top rookie scorers ... McCabe has seven points (5, 2) on the power play while Eero Teravainen (2, 14) has a goal and 10 assists on the man advantage ... Derek Schaeding (6-4-1, 2.94 GAA) has played goaltender in both wins over the Musketeers ... Fellow goalie Tomas Vomacka (8-14, 3.10 GAA) may lead the league in losses, but also ranks third with three shutouts.
-- Jerry Giese