Sioux City wins the 2022 Clark Cup with OT victory
Minnesota native Nick Pierre scored the game-winner in overtime to give Sioux City its first Clark Cup championship in 20 years.
MIDDLETON, Wis. — The Sioux City Musketeers are the 2022 Clark Cup champions after defeating the Madison Capitols 2-1 Saturday in a Game 4 overtime victory.
Neither team could find the scoreboard until the third period. Charlie Schoen (Arizona State) lit the lamp for Sioux City, and only a few minutes later Madison tied things up on the power play off a goal from Luke Mittelstadt (Minnesota).
In the overtime period, Nick Pierre (Wisconsin) found the back of the net for the game-winning goal to give Sioux City its first Clark Cup trophy in 20 years. The last time the Musketeers won the championship was in the 2001-2002 season.
"Honestly, it was a team effort ... I can't say enough words about them, they're my brothers ... everyone put their heart on the line for this game," said Nick Pierre after his game-winner.
A statistic to note: every goal scored in Saturday's game was scored by a Minnesota native (Andover, Eden Prairie, Cottage Grove).
"We just have unbelievable people," said Sioux City head coach Luke Strand. "They're the best teammates, they love each other ... they're together forever now, that's the coolest thing in the world."
Goaltender Alex Tracy (MSU-Mankato) was named the playoff MVP. Tracy posted a 0.937 save percentage in the tournament and only allowed a single goal in the final game.
"It feels like a dream to be honest ... it's unbelieveable, I'm so proud of everyone," said Tracy after the game.
"This is the closest team I've ever been on, it's just been a pleasure to be here ... we deserve it, we earned it, now it's time to enjoy it," Charlie Schoen said.
You can watch the full post-game interviews with Coach Strand, Charlie Schoen, Nick Pierre, and Alex Tracy in the video below.