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Sioux City shuts out Madison, wins Game 2 of Clark Cup final

The best-of-five Clark Cup series is now tied at 1-1 after Sioux City's win on Monday.

Players in green, yellow, and white jerseys celebrate a goal together.
Sioux City celebrates a goal from Vermont commit Ralfs Bergmanis in the first period of game two in the Clark Cup final at the Tyson Events Center on May 16th, 2022.
Sydney Wolf / The Rink Live

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — After coming up one goal short in Game 1, the Sioux City Musketeers came out with a bang on Monday, May 16 against the Madison Capitols to win Game 2 of the Clark Cup finals 3-0.

Ralfs Bergmanis (Vermont) found the back of the net with help from Ben Steeves (Minnesota-Duluth) to give the Musketeers a 1-0 lead with only 30 seconds left in the first period.

The second period was deadlocked between both squads. Each team had power play opportunities, but neither could tack on another point with their special teams.

In the third period, Mendota Heights native Bennett Schimek (Providence) scored on a breakaway opportunity after he connected on a pass from teammate Dylan James (North Dakota).

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Owen Fowler (UMass-Lowell) scored an empty net goal with 30 seconds left in regulation.

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Goaltender Alex Tracy (Minnesota State-Mankato) of Sioux City earned the shutout, stopping all 20 shots on goal.

"Everyone has their tough nights, it's about how you respond," Tracy said.

In his post-game interview, Tracy talked about consistency and how he was determined to stay confident in net for Game 2 after the close loss in the opener.

Sioux City head coach Luke Strand said, "We played a good team game" and added that the team will be focusing on recovering this week but will still be keeping the grind going heading into the next two games on the road.

"We waited a little too long to get going," said Madison Capitols head coach Tom Upton. In each game of the series so far, the first team to score on each night has wound up winning.

The best-of-five Clark Cup series is now tied at one game apiece. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Bob Suter Capitol Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday May 20-21.

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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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