Collin Olson will be Sioux City's starting goalie on Friday against Waterloo.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
After losing the first two games of their playoff series in Waterloo, the Musketeers have to win three in a row to keep their season alive. Game 3 of the series is Friday at the Tyson Events Center and Sioux City will have to win without their top goaltender.
Tuesday morning, Kyle Hayton was suspended for one game by the USHL for 'abuse of officials'. Hayton received a game misconduct at the end of the game when he sarcastically gave a puck to a referee, telling us afterward that the referee earned it.
The Muskies had 58 penalty minutes and gave up three power play goals in a 3-1 loss. Collin Olson will start in Hayton's place. Olson was 12-3 during the regular season and he gave up just over two goals per game.
"Things happen, suspensions, injuries. We're missing a player. We have another player ready to go," said head coach Jay Varady. "Collin Olson's been good for us all year, he's going to get the start on Friday and away we go. All year we thought we had 1A and 1B and that's one of the reason's we acquired Collin so we had two good goaltenders coming down the stretch because you never know what could happen. As a team we're prepared for this."
"The battle in practice that they have fighting for that starting spot is huge," said Trevor Olson. "I think Collin will be ready for our game Friday."
Most coaches preach the 'one game at a time' theme and the Muskies have taken that to heart. With a must-win game on Friday, Sioux City has to be confident at home.
The Musketeers had a 21-8-1 record at the Tyson Events Center during the regular season for the second most home wins in the USHL.
"When we say one game at a time, it's for this moment in time," said Varady. "It's win or we go home, which is our playoff theme 'burn the boats'. Once you hit the shore you burn the boats. There's no turning around. There's no going back. It's a playoff series so we have to push forward."
Game three starts at 7:05 on Friday night. If Sioux City wins, Game 4 is Sunday night, also at 7:05.
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