Montgomery, Hayton lift Muskies into Western Conference Finals; knock off Omaha 4-2
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Tied at two with less than three minutes to play in the final period Jake Montgomery scored back-to-back goals lifting the Musketeers to a 4-2 win over Omaha in the first round of the Clark Cup Playoffs.
Sioux City wins the best of five series 3-1 and advances to face Waterloo in the Western Conference Finals next weekend.
After Brandon Hawkins tied the game at two nearing the midway point of the final period, the Musketeers continue to pour on the pressure.
Neal Pionk fired in a rocket from near the blue line, which was initially stopped by Lancer netminder Hayden Hawkey. However, Montgomery was in the right place at the rice time and pounded home the rebound to put Sioux City up 3-2 with 2:04 to play.
Omaha would go with an extra attacker the rest of the way and Montgomery made him pay, icing the game win an empty netter.
"For me to get that goal, especially the game winner there, it's just really exciting. that's just icing on the cake a little bit," he said. "It felt good to get that one too, for sure."
Despite giving up a goals in the first and third periods, Kyle Hayton stopped 35 Lancer shots to keep Sioux City in it.
"It's a great feeling knocking Omaha out," Hayton said. "We were the underdogs and our guys pulled through and now we're ready to get at Waterloo."
"You don't win in the playoffs in the USHL and in the NHL without great goaltending. We had that in all four games," Head Coach Jay Varady added. "Kyle Hayton) had an excellent game last night and we went right back with him tonight and obviously, there was a reason why."
Sioux City will travel to Waterloo for game one of the Western Conference Finals on Friday, April 25.
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