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James' two-goal game lifts Sioux City past Madison for series lead

The Musketeers now hold a 2-1 advantage in the Clark Cup finals.

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Sioux City's Dylan James celebrates with his teammates after scoring his second goal of the game against the Madison Capitols in game three of the Clark Cup finals.
Sydney Wolf / The Rink Live

MIDDLETON, Wis. — The Sioux City Musketeers grabbed a 2-1 series lead in the Clark Cup finals after defeating the Madison Capitols 3-2 Friday night.

North Dakota commit Dylan James got the Musketeers on the scoreboard in the first period off of a feed from Minnesota native Bennett Schimek (Providence).

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Madison responded with two unanswered goals after that. The first from Golden Gophers commit Luke Mittelstadt on the power play and the second coming from Wisconsin commit Quinn Finley.

The second period was hard and physical between both teams. Sioux City tied things up late in the frame off of a shot from Ben Doran (Bowling Green).

Dylan James scored his second of the night with only a few minutes remaining in regulation to give the Musketeers the road win in game three.

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Goaltender Alex Tracy (MSU-Mankato) receives the win in goal for Sioux City.

Game 4 will be Saturday in Middleton at Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.

For post-game comments from Sioux City head coach Luke Strand, Madison head coach Tom Upton, along with Capitols alternate captain and Maple Grove, Minnesota, native Kyle Kukkonen, watch the video below.

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Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies and was a part of the University Honors Program.
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