Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sioux City Wins Battle of Iowa

Press Release

The Sioux City Musketeers have won the inaugural "Battle of Iowa" after winning two games over the weekend. The event featured all four USHL teams from the state of Iowa in a tournament at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

Led by first-year head coach Luke Strand, the Musketeers defeated the Des Moines Buccaneers 7-1 on Saturday. Ryan Rashid and Matt Paape each had a pair of goals for Sioux City while goaltender Willie Yanakeff allowed just one goal and making 15 saves to earn the victory.

The Musketeers met Cedar Rapids in the championship game Sunday afternoon after the RoughRiders advanced by defeating Waterloo on Saturday 4-2. Sioux City again received a great goaltending performance as Matt Skoff earned a shutout stopping all 21 shots by the RoughRiders. Jeff Silengo and Ryan Carpenter netted goals for the Musketeers to give the team a 2-0 victory and the tournament title.

In the consolation matchup, Brock Montpetit and J.T. Brown each had three points to pace the Waterloo Black Hawks to a 6-1 victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers.

The USHL celebrates its 31st season of junior hockey in 2009-10. With 190 players from the 2008-09 campaign already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 17 NHL Entry Draft picks taken from the League's rosters this past season, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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