SIOUX CITY, IOWA — The Sioux City Musketeers took Game 1 of the 2017 USHL Clark Cup Final as Phillip Knies recorded a one-time, power play goal 2:27 into overtime to defeat the Chicago Steel 5-4 Friday at Tyson Events Center. Brian Rigali recorded two goals for the Musketeers, including the game-tying tally with 2:58 remaining in regulation.
Game 2 of the best-of-five series takes place Saturday night in Sioux City before the series shifts to Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Ill., next weekend.
Sioux City jumped out to an early lead when Rigali sent a rebound shot past Steel netminder Matt Ladd 31 seconds into the game.
The see-saw game saw its first tie less than two minutes later. Chicago’s Reggie Lutz set up Steel center Jason O’Neill on the right wing, as O’Neill fired a shot under the glove of Musketeers goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks at 2:17.
Baker Shore gave Chicago its first lead of the game with a shorthanded tally, grabbing a drop pass from O’Neill and scoring at 8:57. Sioux City defenseman Keegan Mantaro’s one-timer from the bottom of the left circle at the 10:27 mark beat Ladd on the glove side to tie the game, 2-2. Odeen Tufto then recorded the first period’s final goal, redirecting a centering feed at the top of the crease at 18:46. The Musketeers brought a 3-2 lead into the first intermission while Chicago led in shots, 12-10.
Sioux City tripled the Steel in shots, 12-4, in the second period, but Chicago’s Jordan Seyfert tallied the lone goal of the middle frame, firing a shot under Kivlenieks’ blocker at 5:36.
In the third period, Jack Badini recorded his USHL-leading 14th point of the postseason, firing a short-side shot on the glove side to give the Steel a 4-3 lead at the 5:16 mark. However, Rigali found the equalizer with under three minutes remaining, forcing Chicago’s first overtime appearance of the playoffs.
In the extra session, Steel center Baker Shore was sent to the box for a high-sticking double minor, and the Musketeers took advantage. Knies sent a one-timer from the bottom of the goal line past Ladd’s glove to end the game.
Badini has recorded at least one point in nine consecutive games. Ladd made 25 saves in his first appearance between the pipes for the Steel, while Kivlenieks stopped 20 of 24 shots. O’Neill (1+1) was the only Steel player to tally a multi-point night, while Micah Miller (0+2), Kristian Pospisil (0+2), Tufto (1+1) and Rigali (2+0) registered multi-point nights for the Musketeers.
Face off for Game 2 at the Tyson Events Center is set for 7:05 p.m. CDT on Saturday night. The Steel will host Games 3 and 4 (if necessary) of the best-of-five Clark Cup Final on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are on sale now.
All Steel games are broadcast live on HockeyTV (video) and mixlr.com/chicago-steel (free audio). For tickets or more information, call 855-51-STEEL, stop by the Box Office at Fox Valley Ice Arena or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.