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Sioux City win streak extends to eight games

11/07/2013, 5:30pm MST
By Tom Robinson - Special to

The Sioux City Musketeers won three times last week to extend the United States Hockey League’s longest winning streak of the season to eight games.

Trevor Olson scored goals in each game last week while Kyle Hayton got the victories in goal. Hayton posted a 1.33 goals-against average and .952 save percentage during the week to run his personal winning streak to six games. Olson, meanwhile, has connected five times in a four-game, goal-scoring streak.

Sioux City beat the Fargo Force 4-1 Oct. 30 and then beat the only USHL team with a better record when it topped the Omaha Lancers 3-2 Friday night.

Brandon Hawkins scored the game-winner against Omaha and added his ninth goal, tied for fourth-best in the league, the next night in a 6-1 win over the Tri-City Storm.

Sioux City (9-2-1) is second in the USHL, allowing 1.92 goals per game.

USHL ROUNDUP: Chris Nell had a 40-save shutout for the Chicago Steel in Friday’s 4-0 win in Fargo.

Andrew Poturalski and league co-scoring leader Jason Kalinowski are each on nine-game scoring streaks for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Matt Iacopelli of the Muskegon Lumberjacks scored goals in eight straight games, the longest streak in the league since the 2009-10 season, before being stopped Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Cedar Rapids.

BACK ON TOP: The defending USA Hockey Tier II Junior A national champion Amarillo Bulls are back on top of the North American Hockey League’s South Division. The Bulls have posted shutouts in three of their last four games, including Wednesday’s 7-0 romp over the Lone Star Brahmas on Paul Berrafato’s second straight shutout.

Matt Sieckhaus scored two goals and added two assists against Lone Star to take sole possession of the league scoring lead with 25 points.

STREAK BUSTER: Jimmy Tich had two goals and two assists for the Yellowstone Quakes Friday in a 5-1 win over the Bozeman Ice Dogs in an American West Hockey League game. The Quakes broke an eight-game losing streak with the win.

Tich had the game-winning goal against Bozeman. He has scored or assisted on 16 of the 21 goals in Yellowstone’s four wins.

ON FIRE: Northern Pacific Hockey League scoring leader Mason Wade had points on seven of 10 goals by the Bellingham Blazers in a 5-0, 5-4 weekend sweep of the Eugene Generals. Wade had two goals and an assist in the first win and then a hat trick and another assist Sunday.

The second-place Blazers have won three straight to improve to 9-3. Wade has 12 goals and 17 assists on the season.

NEW LEADER: The Sugar Land Imperials took over first place in the NA3HL South Division with a weekend sweep of the Topeka Capitals. Austin Givens had a goal and two assists Saturday and then added another goal and assist Sunday as the Imperials won both games 5-4.

COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Erik Baskin, a second-year forward with the NAHL’s Aberdeen Wings, has committed to play for the Air Force Academy. The 20-year old from Minnetonka, Minn., has eight points in 11 games this season.

Joe Widmar of the Connecticut Oilers of the Eastern Hockey League has committed to the University of Maine. Widmar is tied for fifth in the EHL in scoring with 21 points.

Evan Ritt, a forward for the Jersey Hitmen in the United States Premier Hockey League, has committed to Denver University in time to join the team for the second semester of this season. Ritt had a goal and four assists in 14 games with the Hitmen this season.

ONE-TIMERS: The Dells Ducks did all their scoring in the final 6:18 of regulation and first 1:16 of overtime to defeat the Hudson Crusaders 3-2 Sunday and improve to 16-2 in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. … Team captain Nick Gnagni had six points, including a game-winning goal and an assist on another game-winner, to help the Flint Junior Generals win twice and improve to 16-0-1 in the NA3HL.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

Tag(s): Junior Notebooks