By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Extra chances were the difference in game one of the Western Conference Finals and in game two it was much of the same.
The Sioux City Musketeers tallied 58 penalty minutes and gave up three power play goals in a 3-1 loss to the Waterloo Blackhawks Saturday night at Young Arena.
Through the first two games of the best of five series, the Blackhawks are 5-for-17 with an extra attacker.
Sioux City's energy was good out of the gate as Adam Johnson maneuvered along the far boards and then passed across the ice to Bobby Nardella, who netted his first goal of the postseason.
However, penalties once again hampered the Muskies.
Still leading 1-0 with a minute to play in the second period, Waterloo tied it up on a power play goal by Drew Melanson.
30 seconds later, Tyler Sheehy added the second of three power play goals for the Blackhawks, giving Waterloo a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.
Liam Pecararo added the third and final goal at the 8:34 mark of the third.
"It's hard to come back when you're in the box. It's hard to come back when you're chasing them especially when it's a 3-1 game," Sioux City Head Coach Jay Varady said. "I thought we had a little push back left but we took a bunch of penalties."
"5-on-5 we dominated the game. We had complete control and went to 5-on-4 and we were penalty killing the whole game You can't win a game like that," goaltender Kyle Hayton added.
"We have to deal with the adversity," captain Trevor Olson said. "We can't really decide what the refs do. It's their call, and unfortunately it didn't go well for us."
Following the game, Hayton was assessed a game misconduct for "tossing" a puck toward an official.
Sioux City will try to avoid elimination Friday, May 2 in game three. The game is set for 7:05 at the Tyson Events Center. If the Muskies win, game four will be on Sunday, May 4.
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