Sioux City clinches birth while Des Moines continues to roll
The Sioux City Musketeers became the 4th team to clinch a USHL playoff birth over the weekend with 2 victories. The Musketeers scored 4 goals in the first period of Friday’s game against the Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks and that would be enough as they eventually roll to a 7-2 victory. Morgan Roach, last weeks offensive player of the week, got the game winning goal in the Friday contest. Ruslan Fedotenko also added to his league leading goal tally twice on Friday bringing his season total to 47. Sioux City then took a game from the Twin Cities Vulcans 5-2 the following night to join Des Moines, Omaha, and Green Bay as teams that have clinched playoff births.
Des Moines continued their winning ways with a 10-5 drubbing of Twin Cities on Friday and then blanking the Dubuque Fighting Saints 6-0 in a game played in Davenport, IA on Saturday night. The wins were numbers 6 and 7 in a row, which is the longest current winning streak in the league. While offense was the order of the night on Friday with Des Moines receiving goals from Peter Sejna(2G), Pete Fregoe(2G), Nick Field (2G), Noah Clarke, Jerrid Reinholz, Nick Stodgell, and Garrett Stafford, they quickly turned to stingy defensive play on Saturday. Matt Carney stopped all 23 Dubuque shots and CSB ranked Matt Shasby was a +3 with an assist. Des Moines continues to lead the league with 79 points and an impressive record of 25 wins, 5 losses, and one shootout loss.
Green Bay and Omaha also displayed reasons why they lead the East and West Divisions, respectively. Green Bay defeated the Thunder Bay Flyers, Waterloo Black Hawks, and Rochester on the way to a 6 point weekend. Omaha had a much more difficult task in taking on the USA National Team Development Program (18&under) team, but managed to gain 4 points with a 5-2 win Friday and a 2-1 overtime win on Saturday in Ann Arbor, MI.
After 5-2 and 6-3 losses to Dubuque and Green Bay, respectively the Waterloo Black Hawks broke their 7 game winless streak with a 5-1 drubbing of the North Iowa Huskies in Mason City, IA. Luke Fulghum was the main power source for the Black Hawks, figuring in on 4 of the 5 Black Hawk goals with a Hat Trick and one assist. The win kept playoff hopes alive for Waterloo as they will travel next weekend to Thunder Bay for 2 games against one of the teams they are chasing for one of the final 4 playoff spots available in the league.
Other Scores around the USHL:
Friday- Rochester 5 North Iowa 2
Saturday- Lincoln 6 Fargo-Moorhead 5 (OT), North Iowa 7 Thunder Bay 2
Sunday- Thunder Bay 5 Twin Cities 4, Lincoln 4 Fargo-Moorhead 1