SIOUX CITY | Sioux City's bid for its second straight weekend two-game sweep of the month came to a screeching halt early as Youngstown earned of a split of its United States Hockey League weekend set at the Tyson Events Center 4-2 Saturday night.
Youngstown scored twice in the first period to take a 2-0 lead, both goals coming from Matthew Barry. The first strike by Barry came 5:19 into the game off an assists from Chase Gresock and the second was an unassisted effort 1:56 before the first intermission break.
Barry, a Holy Cross recruit in his first year in the USHL ranks, is fourth in the league with 43 points and leads the circuit with 32 assists. Barry got his third point of the night when he got a helper on Tommy Parrottino's 11th goal of the season 4:25 into the third period the put the Phantoms ahead 3-1.
In a game where each team was penalized just four minutes apiece, the first power play of the evening resulted in Sioux City's first goal, a blast from Sampo Ranta for his 15th goal of the year. Brady Ferner and Martin Pospisil had assists on the score.
Pospisil also got an assist on Micah Miller's score that pulled Sioux City back to within a goal with 6:45 left in the third period. Cole Koepke also got credit for a helper on the goal, Miller's 13th of the season.
Youngstown clinched the win with an empty net goal with eight seconds remaining and left town with a 19-15-5 record. Sioux City is now 18-5-6 after the loss, good for sixth place inth Western Conference.
The Musketeers have one game next weekend, hosting Sioux Falls Friday evening.