MUSKETEERS WEEKEND OUTLOOK
WHO: Cedar Rapids (22-24-10) at Sioux City (24-24-7)
WHERE/WHEN: Tyson Events Center, 7:05 p.m.
RADIO: KMNS, 620 AM
WHO: Sioux City (*24-24-7) at Cedar Rapids (*22-24-10)
WHERE/WHEN: Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, 7:05 p.m.
RADIO: KMNS, 620 AM
Beginning with tonight’s action at the Tyson Events Center, Sioux City has five games remaining on its regular-season schedule and trails sixth-place Tri-City by a 62-55 points margin for the USHL’s final playoff spot in the Western Conference ... When playing the same team on consecutive days, Coach Luke Strand’s Musketeers have an 11-3 record which include Friday-Saturday sweeps against Central Illinois, Fargo, Green Bay and a Thursday-Friday sweep against Fargo ... Sioux City has a 10-7 record this season against Eastern Conference teams, including a 5-2 record in February ... Cole Koepke (26 goals, 10 assists) leads the Musketeers in scoring against the Eastern Conference with 14 goals and three assists, a total that includes a hat trick in a 5-2 win over Central Illinois, two goals in a 5-3 loss to Chicago and two goals in a 5-2 win over Youngstown ... At one point in the season, Koepke had a five-game scoring streak against Eastern Conference teams ... Martin Pospisil (7, 28) has five goals and 12 assists against the East while Reigning USHL forward of the week Sampo Ranta (23, 14) has seven goals and two assists ... Micah Miller (22, 10) has six goals and four assists against the East while defenseman scoring leader Brady Ferner (2, 16) has a goal and 10 assists ... Micah Miller registered his second 2-goal game of the season in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss at Waterloo ... Defenseman Calle Ehrnberg (1, 6) recorded his first goal of the season to give the Musketeers a 2-1 lead in the second period Tuesday ...
CEDAR RAPIDS NOTES
Scoring leader Nathan Smith (13 goals, 27 assists) posted his first multi-goal effort of the season in Saturday’s 5-4 shootout loss to Chicago, registering two goals and an assist ... A native of Tampa, Fla., Smith has four goals and seven assists against Western Conference teams and has scored in each of his last four games versus those squads ... Smith is also the top scorer on the power play with 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) ... Marek Valach (18, 18) has three 2-goal games along with a team-high 10 power play goals ... Jordan Timmons (22, 11), who played two games for the 2015-16 Musketeers, has provided seven goals and two assists while scoring in five of his last six games ... Roman Ahcan (12, 18) had a goal and an assist in the shootout loss to Chicago, giving him a five-game scoring streak ... Defenseman scoring leader Matt Denman (3, 24) has two goals and 14 assists on the power play.
-- Jerry Giese