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Musketeers clinch semifinal berth at Junior World Cup

The Sioux City Musketeers celebrate after a 5-1 win over Sweden on Monday. The Sioux City Musketeers celebrate after a 5-1 win over Sweden on Monday.
UFA, Russia (USHL) -  The Sioux City Musketeers remain undefeated at the 2014 Junior Club World Cup after earning a 5-1 victory against the Malmo Redhawks of Sweden on Monday afternoon.  With the victory, the Musketeers have already clinched a berth in the semifinals of the tournament.

Less than five minutes into the game, Joe Snively put the Musketeers up 1-0 with his second goal of the tournament.  Sioux City took advantage of the power play midway through the frame when captain Neal Pionk buried a backdoor pass from Sam Kurker.  Only three minutes later, it became a 3-0 score when Joel Janatuinen buried a loose puck after a scramble in front of the Malmo net.

The Musketeers outshot the Swedish team 20-9 over the first 20 minutes of play and Collin Olson stopped all nine shots that came his way.

Kurker then made it a four-goal lead four minutes into the second period when he ripped a shot past the Malmo goaltender for his second goal in as many games.  The Swedish team got on the scoreboard a few moments later, but it would be all the offense they could muster as the Musketeers smothered them throughout the contest. With less than two minutes to play in the second period, Adam Johnson added the fifth goal of the game for Sioux City, which was his tournament-leading fourth goal over three games.

Sioux City leads the entire tournament with 18 goals over their first three games and have outscored the opposition by a combined 18-4.

"I think we have a balanced team up front," said head coach Jay Varady. "Like we've talked about in the past, we have a group of forwards that I think any line could score any night. When you have everybody contributing, it's a good thing."

"Coach always talks about the infection of success and staying hungry," said forward Joe Snively. "I don't think any of the guys are really satisfied yet."

Olson finished the night with 26 saves to collect his third win at the Junior Club World Cup.  The Musketeers are a perfect 3-0 and have clinched a spot in the semifinal round.  They still have one more game to play in Group B action when they face Spartak Moscow on Wednesday at 4:00 PM local time (5:00 AM Central).  Spartak was the champion of the Russian junior league (MHL) last season.
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