The Lincoln Stars used a pair of third-period goals to hand the Sioux City Musketeers a 5-3 loss on Saturday.
The scoreline was mostly back and forth, with neither side holding a lead for long. Lincoln scored the first goal just 1:51 from the start of the game from former musketeer Doug Grimes.
But just 41 seconds later, Dylan Godbout responded with a one-timer, tying the game at one apiece at the end of the first period.
In the second, the teams continued to exchange goals. Nick Pierre scored his second goal of the season at 1:40 after a face-off and a quick shot. Lincoln’s Mason Marcellus tied the game at two with a goal at 8:30 of the period.
On a power play, Musketeers forward Ben Poitras gave the Musketeers a brief 3-2 lead on a shot that found the top right corner.
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It only took the Stars 2:19 to find the equalizer that came off the stick of Jack Larrigan, who benefited from a beneficial deflection to find the back of the net for the first time this season. The count tied the game 3-3 heading into the third period.
In the third, Lincoln took the lead at 9:11 on Cole Crusberg-Roseen’s first goal of the season. The Stars added an empty net from Daniel Sambuco for their last goal.
The Musketeers shot Lincoln in all three periods and by an overall margin of 39 to 18. But Stars goaltender Cameron Whitehead stopped 33 of 36 shots.
Sioux City (4-6-2) will be back in action Friday night at 7:05 p.m. in Sioux Falls before returning to the Tyson Events Center for a pair of games at 6:05 p.m. Saturday against the Stampede again, then 3:05 p.m. Sunday against Des Moines.