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U18s Fall to Sioux City 5-4 in a shootout

01/12/2018, 9:45pm EST
By USAHockeyNTDP.com
USA Hockey National Team Development Program

Photo by Rena Laverty

1.) USA — E. Middendorf

2.) SC — S. Ranta

3.) USA — S. Stastney

It took 60 minutes of play, an overtime period, and two rounds of a shootout to determine a winner during Friday’s match between the U.S. National Under-18 Team and the Sioux City Musketeers.

Ultimately, the U18s fell after two rounds of the shootout, 5-4. The U18s are now 16-11-1-2-0 (W-L-OTL-SOL-T) on the season.

Erik Middendorf (Scottsdale, Ariz.) put the U18s on the board first 7:27 into the first period. Spencer Stastney (Mequon, Wis.) sent a pass down the ice, where Middendorf corralled the puck and found the net after cleaning up a rebound from his first shot.

The Musketeers knotted up the score at the 14:56 mark, when forward Dylan Mills scored off a rebound shot from Bauer Neudecker to end the first period 1-1. 

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The Musketeers knotted up the score at the 14:56 mark, when forward Dylan Mills scored off a rebound shot from Bauer Neudecker to end the first period 1-1. 

Early in the second period, Sioux City nailed down a 2-1 lead after Ryan Leibold capitalized on a pass from Randy Hernandez 3:34 into the second period.

With 6:09 remaining in the frame, Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) shot the puck past the Musketeers’ goaltender to tie up the game, 2-2, off assists from Joel Farabee (Cicero, N.Y.) and Bode Wilde (Birmingham, Mich.).

The U18s took a 3-2 lead with 2:30 remaining in the second period when Middendorf scored his second goal of the game off a pass from Jack DeBoer (Madison, N.J.). Stastney also picked up his second point of the night with a secondary assist on the goal.

The Musketeers caught back up with the U18s 1:58 into the final period, courtesy of forward Adam Kadlec to make the score 3-3.

But a goal from Gavin Hain (Grand Rapids, Minn.) put the U18s back in the lead. Ty Emberson (Eau Claire, Wis.) and Patrick Giles (Chevy Chase, Md.) tallied assists on the goal.

Another goal from Sioux City late in the third period knotted up the game at 4-4 to end regulation. After a scoreless overtime period, a shootout was left to determine a winner.

Two consecutive shootout goals from the Musketeers gave Sioux City the 5-4 win.

The U18s outshot the Musketeers, 42-22.

The U18s will finish hosting the weekend series with Sioux City on Saturday, Jan. 13th at 7:05 PM EST at USA Hockey Arena. 

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