After a tremendous second half run at the end of last year that landed the Sioux City Musketeers in the Clark Cup playoffs, the team was hoping much of that momentum would carry over into this season.
That hasn't happed just yet.
The Muskies have just five wins through 25 games, including last nights' shootout loss to Omaha. Sioux City has seen change sweep through their locker room.
Since the middle of November, the Muskies have executed a hand full of trades, shipping veterans out and bringing new faces in.
With all the moves, Sioux City feels they're just now starting to gel.
"Chemistry has been the big thing. We've had all these changes that we were forced to make because of how the season started," Head Coach Brett Larson said. "The chemistry seems like its starting to build. For the first week now it seemed like the guys are getting more comfortable around each other in the locker room and that's what we've been missing. We feel like we're starting to turn the corner and we're playing a little bit better on the ice. But, in order for us to go on a solid run, the chemistry is going to have to come from the dressing room."
Now the Muskies are no stranger to the position they're currently in. While the playoffs are five months away, they know being under the .500 mark and in last place in the division can be overcome.
"We were down two times, under five-hundred by 10 games and come back and made the playoffs," Forward Josh Erickson said, "So, it's definitely possible it's just going to take a lot of work. I think we're capable of doing it for sure."
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