COMEBACK EFFORT FALLS SHORT AS MUSKETEERS DEFEAT ICE 3-2 IN OVERTIME
The Indiana Ice surrender 44 shots on net before falling to the Sioux City Musketeers 3-2 in overtime from the Tyson Events Center.
Indy trailed 1-0 until two quick goals in the third period gave the Ice a 2-1 lead with just over six minutes left in the tilt. Matt Krug and Joe Fiala both scored for Indy while Dalton Izyk logged a season-high 41 saves on the night.
Momentum changed hands several times in the scoreless first period as the teams combined for 23 shots in the frame. Indy was incredibly successful on the power play, blanking Sioux City on all three extra-man opportunities in the frame.
The second period saw a big momentum shift midway through the frame after the Ice’s Alex Smith and the Musketeers’ Cedric LaCroix dropped gloves. Indy controlled the first half of the frame, despite facing a 5-on-3 penalty kill to open the stanza.
Sioux City capitalized on the change with 9:44 in the period on a goal by Conor Andrle. A tight screen blocked Izyk’s view and the puck deflected off the post and trickled into the net.
The Musketeers piled on an 18-7 shot advantage in the third period, but the Ice caught a good second wind late in the round as they rattled off two goals in under one minute to take their first lead in the game.
Krug’s marker put Indy on the board with 7:22 left in the frame. Austin Hervey stripped the puck in the defensive zone and fed it to Mikhail Plotnikov at center ice. Plotnikov then passed to Krug at the top of the slot who beat Sioux City goaltender Joe Ballmer stick-side for the goal.
Fiala’s goal 58 seconds later gave the Ice their first lead of the game. With just under six and a half minutes left. Fiala wristed a backhand feed from Drew Smolcynski and Woody Hudson to beat Ballmer on the glove.
Sioux City countered the two-goal strike with 10 consecutive shots, one resulting in a goal by Musketeers’ captain David Goodwin to knot the contest at 2-2 with 2:34 remaining in regulation.
Both teams registered one overtime shot before Dan Molenaar beat Izyk stick-side for the game-winner 1:19 into the overtime period.
Indy will be back in action at Pan Am Plaza on Saturday, October 20 as they host the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at 7:05 pm.