Penalties, frustration boil over in Muskies 3-1 loss to Waterloo
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Special teams was again the difference in game two of the Western Conference Finals, with Waterloo netting three power-play goals in 12 chances -- two of which came in the final minute of the second period with the Muskies clinging to a one-goal lead.
"A couple of stupid penalties on our part," Captain Trevor Olson said following the game. "They have a really good power play and we just can't give them that many chances. It basically went down hill for us."
But, by games end Sioux City had been whistled for 17 infractions and racked up 58-penalty minutes. Waterloo logged 28 on 10 penalties. Frustration boiled over and at the final buzzer and goaltender Kyle Hayton shoved the puck into a referees chest, earning a game misconduct for abuse of officials.
"I just gave him the game puck, he earned it," Hayton said.
Off the ice, Musketeers General Manager Luke Strand got into a heated argument with a USHL official.
"It's past our control. Our team worries about the things we can control and that's our play, that's our discipline, emotion and that's what we have to really focus on," Head Coach Jay Vardy added. "It takes three to win a series and we're down 0-2."
Facing elimination, with the series shifting back to Sioux City, the next five days are pivotal as the squads tries to keep their Clark Cup title hopes alive.
"It sets the table for an unbelievable comeback. If you believe in anything different - that's what we're going to focus on next week is just going back and trying to get the series 2-to-1," Varady said.
"This group doesn't want to go home yet," Olson continued. "I don't think we're going to. We're going to have two hard fought games in Sioux City and we're going to bring it back here for game five."
Game three of the series is Friday, May 2nd. The puck drops at 7:05 at the Tyson Events Center.
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