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Tom Mix, Published December 08 2012

Sioux City scores win over Fargo Force

FARGO – With one of their goalies on the 45-day injury reserved list and the other needing a break from an increased workload, the Sioux City Musketeers called on 16-year-old Gavin Nieto.

Nieto filled the space between the pipes nicely for Sioux City, helping the Musketeers to a 4-1 United States Hockey League win over the Fargo Force before 3,619 fans on Saturday at Scheels Arena.

“He is an unaffiliated goalie who has been helping us out,” Sioux City head coach Brett Larson said. “We figured we would give the young guy a chance and he did great.”

Nieto, who is a member of the Los Angeles Junior Kings midgets program, collected 32 saves for the Musketeers (4-14-4).

Sioux City scored first when forward Riley Bourbonnais got a shot past Force goalie Brendan Jensen 8 minutes and 45 seconds into the first period.

Bourbonnais, who was acquired in a trade nine days ago, added another goal 4:32 into the second period. The Force answered 29 seconds later with a goal from defenseman Chris Dienes.

“Riley has made a huge impact since we traded for him,” Larson said. “We’ve had a really hard time scoring goals this year. We’ve lost 13 one-goal games this year, and this team has had a hard time mentally lately. For him to get two early gave the team a lot of confidence that they could win one.”

Sioux City outshot the Force 38-33.

“They are a better team than their record shows,” Force head coach John Marks said. “They are a hard-working hockey team. I didn’t think we did much to create any offense. Everyone was taking their turn trying to do it themselves.”

Nieto will continue to play with the Musketeers until Kyle Hayton returns from the IR.

“He looked calm,” Larson said of Nieto. “There

wasn’t a point in the game where he looked rattled. He outdid my expectations.”

FIRST PERIOD: 1, SC, Bourbonnais, (Molenaar, Stenglein), 8:45 (pp).

SECOND PERIOD: 2, SC, Bourbonnais (Stenglein), 4:32. 3, F, Dienes, (Buchanan), 5:01.

THIRD PERIOD: 4, SC, Karvinen, (Erickson, Kolquist), 6:12. 5, SC, Thomas, (Kolquist), 11:14.

SAVES: SC, Nieto 10-12-10–32. F, Jensen 9-16-9–34.


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