Sioux City, IA – The Tri-City Storm won a thrilling road game Saturday night over the Sioux City Musketeers by a final score of 6-5 in a shootout. Sioux City scored the game tying goal with less than a second to play to force overtime, but Tri-City notched two shootout goals to win the game. In the shootout, Mark Estapa replicated his ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 play from last night’s game to give the Storm the win. Tri-City seeks its third consecutive win on Tuesday night in a New Years Eve game against the Lincoln Stars. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:05pm.
Matthew Knies netted his 7th goal of the season at 7:22 of the 1st period to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Nick Portz and Nick Donato. Sioux City tied the game just over a minute later on a goal from Viktor Masilevich. Jaden Grant gave the Musketeers its first lead in the game with less than eight minutes to play in the opening period. The goal was scored at the 12:27 mark of the period with Jackson Nieuwendyk providing the lone assist on the play. Despite outshooting Sioux City 18-9 in the 1st period, Tri-City trailed 2-1 entering the 2nd period.
The Storm put three consecutive goals on the board in the 2nd period to take a 4-2 lead in the game. The game tying goal was scored by Mark Estapa at 7:07 of the 2nd period. The goal was Estapa’s second of the season and was assisted by Matthew Knies and Colby Ambrosio. Benji Eckerle scored the Storm’s first power play goal of the game with less than five minutes to play in the period to give Tri-City a 3-2 lead. Eckerle’s goal was his 12th of the season and was assisted by Mike Koster and Sam Rhodes. Nick Portz scored his 7th goal of the year at 16:36 of the period to put Tri-City in front by two goals. Matthew Knies recorded the lone assist on the goal. After Tri-City notched three consecutive goals to take a 4-2 lead in the game, Sioux City answered with a goal in the last two minutes of the period to cut the lead to 4-3 entering the 3rd period. Tri-City outshot Sioux City 14-12 in the 2nd period and led 4-3.
Davis Burnside scored his third goal of the year at 3:08 of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 5-3 lead. Mike Koster recorded the assists on Burnside’s power play goal. The final seven minutes of the game saw two Sioux City goals, one with less than a second to go, to force overtime. Robby Newton scored at 13:03 of the 3rd period to cut Tri-City’s lead in half. Viktor Masilevich scored at 19:59 of the period with an extra attacker on the ice to send the game to overtime. No goals in overtime brought the game to a shootout to decide a winner. In the shootout, Nick Portz gave Tri-City the lead before Sioux City’s Ian Malcolmson tied the shootout. In the extra round of the shootout, Mark Estapa scored another highlight-reel goal to give Tri-City the win.
Tuesday’s game is scheduled to begin at 5:05pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144.