Ralston, Neb. - The Sioux City Musketeers scored three unanswered goals Friday evening en route to a 3-1 victory over the Omaha Lancers in front of 3,272 fans at the Ralston Arena. The setback was Omaha's third straight as the team moved to 28-20 overall this season. The loss, coupled with Waterloo's 4-3 victory at home over Dubuque, moved the Lancers back into fourth place in the Western Conference with 56 standings points. Omaha currently leads the Lincoln Stars by one standings point for the fourth and final playoff spot in the West.
Omaha opened the scoring less than nine minutes into the contest when, after back-to-back interference minors against Sioux City produced a five-on-three power play, Dominic Racobaldo unleashed a one-timer from the high slot that found its way into the back of the net. Niklas Folin and Robbie Baillargeon assisted on Racobaldo's fifth goal of the season, which marked the 27th time in 48 games this season that the Lancers have scored first.
Sioux City evened the contest just prior to the midway point of the game when a brilliant pass from the left wing half boards by Jake Montgomery found David Henry alone atop the goal crease who made no mistake in sending in his sixth goal of the year. Blake Heinrich grabbed the secondary assist on the even strength strike notched 8:43 into the second period. The Musketeers then grabbed their first lead of the night just prior to the close of the middle stanza when a left point blast by Michael Kapla found its way through traffic before slipping inside the left post. Jared Thomas and Cliff Watson assisted on Kapla's fifth goal of the season registered 18:21 into the second frame.
Sioux City then landed an insurance marker early in the third period when a seeing-eye snap shot from the right point by Jared Kolquist found daylight past Lancers goaltender Alex Lyon for Kolquist's sixth goal of the season. The unassisted five-on-five marker came 2:15 into the final frame.
Musketeers netminder Kyle Hayton earned the victory in goal after 25 saves on 26 Lancers shots. With the win, Hayton improved to 5-7-4 on the year and is now 1-1 against Omaha. Meanwhile, Lyon suffered the loss for the Lancers after 20 saves on 23 Sioux City shots. The veteran goaltender is now 21-14 overall this season and 3-1 against the Musketeers.
The Lancers are back in action tomorrow evening when they welcome the Sioux Falls Stampede back to Ralston Arena for a 7:05 PM showdown.
Omaha - Dominic Racobaldo (power play) (Niklas Folin, Robbie Baillargeon) 8:42
Sioux City - David Henry (Jake Montgomery, Blake Heinrich) 8:43
Sioux City - Michael Kapla (Jared Thomas, Cliff Watson) 18:21
Sioux City - Jared Kolquist (unassisted) 2:15
Sioux City - 6, 11, 6 - Total 23
Omaha - 8, 7, 11 - Total 26
Sioux City - Kyle Hayton (win) 25 (26 shots)
Omaha - Alex Lyon (loss) 20 (23 shots)
Sioux City 0/3