Matiss Kivlenieks made 28 saves in a 3-0 Sioux City Musketeers win at Young Arena Friday during Game Three of a USHL Western Conference Final Series against the Waterloo Black Hawks.
The result gives Sioux City a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-five set.
This marks the second consecutive year the Hawks have suffered a 3-0 loss at this point in the playoffs. In Game Three against the Tri-City Storm at Young Arena last year in the Western Conference Final, Waterloo fell by the same score before rallying for 7-4 victory the next night in Game Four.
The Musketeers seized control Friday during the opening seconds of a second period power play at 5:28. Tarek Baker was camped outside the crease where he received a pass from Aapeli Rasanen. Baker lifted his shot under the crossbar to break the scoreless deadlock.
With 20.1 seconds remaining before intermission, Sioux City struck again. Matt Hellickson’s shot from the left point changed directions and zipped in-and-out of the net past Robbie Beydoun.
Sioux City capped the offense with 37.3 seconds left in regulation as Odeen Tufto scored into an open net from the Black Hawks blue line.
Beydoun suffered the loss despite stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced. With a 30-28 edge in shots, Waterloo has put more pucks on net than the Musketeers in each contest.
Game Four between the teams will be Saturday night in Young Arena at 7:05, as the Hawks battle to stay alive. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Waterloo Black Hawks Rally Towel, presented by Martinson Construction. For tickets, call the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680.
Sioux City 0 2 1 – 3
Waterloo 0 0 0 – 0
1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Vance Sc (tripping), 7:38; Gabriele Wat (hooking), 13:28.
2nd Period-1, Sioux City, Baker 2 (Kelleher, Rasanen), 5:28 (PP). 2, Sioux City, Hellickson 1 19:38. Penalties-Klee Wat (hooking), 5:19; Kelleher Sc (interference), 6:47; MacLean Sc (bench minor-too many men), 7:38; Wilson Sc (cross checking), 14:16.
3rd Period-3, Sioux City, Tufto 3 (Wilson, Baker), 19:23 (EN). Penalties-Tolvanen Sc (bench minor-too many men), 6:37; Wilson Sc (roughing), 6:37; Drury Wat (roughing), 6:37.
Shots on Goal-Sioux City 13-8-7-28. Waterloo 11-11-7-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Sioux City 1 / 2; Waterloo 0 / 5.
Goalies-Sioux City, Kivlenieks (29 shots-29 saves). Waterloo, Beydoun (27 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Jim White (22), Liam Sewell (25).
Linesmen-Rhodes Dolan (81), John Tallieu (38).