The Sioux City Musketeers already faced a tough hill to climb, down 0-2 to Waterloo heading into this weekend.
Now the Muskies will have to try and stave off elimination without starting goalie Kyle Hayton.
Hayton has been suspended one game by the USHL for abuse of officials stemming from an incident in Saturday night's game two of the Western Conference Finals.
After the 3rd period horn, Hayton skated over, grabbed the puck and then handed it to the official, saying after the game "he earned it (the puck)."
This means Hayton will not be between the pipes in Friday's elimination game against Waterloo, and that back up Collin Olson will get the start.
"Losing Kyle Hayton is a loss, he's a good hockey player," said Jay Varady, head coach of the Musketeers. "But we also have another player who's jumping in net that our group and our coaching staff has a ton of confidence in."
"We know that he's going to give his best effort out there," said Jared Thomas, the Musketeers' forward who has one goal and five assists in the playoffs. "Whether it's him or Hayton in the net, we know that they're going to play well."
"I think we have two of the best goalies in the league, if not the best two," said Blake Heinrich, the Musketeers' defenseman who has assisted on two goals in the playoffs. "We have confidence in both of them. Olson's stepping in and I think he's going to do great."
Friday will be Olson's first start of the postseason. He went 12-3-1 during the regular season and has beaten Waterloo twice, once with team USA and once with the Muskies in February.