The Sioux City Musketeers have won the first two games of their playoff series with Omaha.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Most teams only hope for a split on the road once the playoffs begin. The Sioux City Musketeers went one better, sweeping the first two games of their playoff series in Omaha this weekend. Now the Muskies are just one win away from advancing into the second round for the first time since 2005.
Third-seeded Sioux City beat second-seeded Omaha 4-3 in overtime on Saturday and then followed that up with a 2-1 win on Sunday. The Muskies can close out the series in Game 3 at home on Friday night.
Goaltender Kyle Hayton stopped 73 of the 77 shots he faced in the first two games. First year head coach Jay Varady says his team can't forget what has made them successful.
"If you win two games on the road, you're up two-nothing, it's important to understand how you got there," said Varady. "The amount of prepartion, the amount of work, the amount of sacrifice necessary to get those two wins, that's what we have to prepare to do in game three."
The Musketeers are young but the hockey season is long; it started way back in September. After five preseason games and 60 regular season games, every team needs their rest. The Muskies had Monday off before getting back on the ice for practice on Tuesday afternoon.
"I think you've got to manage the energy level," said Varady. "For us it's being both physically and mentally sharp. A day like today, we don't want to see anybody at the rink. They're completely off. The only guys that are in are injured guys that need a little attention from our medical staff and that's it. The rest of the guys are at home. They're doing what they enjoy doing in Sioux City."
Game three on Friday will be Sioux City's first home playoff game since 2008. It starts at 7:05 at the Tyson Events Center.
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