USHL Saturday Scoreboard
Saturday March 24, 2012
Zemgus Girgensons recorded his first USHL hat trick and Jake Hildebrand posted his second shutout to lead their teams to victory on Saturday night in the USHL. (photos by Jim Naprstek and Amber Schmidt/Metro Studios)
A recap of Saturday night action in the USHL.
Green Bay Gamblers 3 @ Muskegon Lumberjacks 4 (SO)
John Keeney made 36 saves and stopped all four attempts in the shootout as the Lumberjacks knocked off the top team in the USHL. Rasmus Bengtsson had the lone shootout tally to give Muskegon the win. Ryan Lomberg extended his goal streak to three games while defenseman Travis Walsh scored a goal for the Jacks as he was playing in his 125th USHL career game. C.J. Eick scored his third goal of the weekend for Green Bay which clinched the Anderson Cup title outright by earning a point in the shootout loss.
Indiana Ice 5 @ Youngstown Phantoms 2
Daniil Tarasov scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, as the Ice improved to 3-0-1 over their last four games. Emil Romig scored his 10th of the season for the Ice and defenseman Ryan Obuchowski tallied his seventh. Robert Polesello netted his 15th of the year and goaltender Jon Gillies made 35 saves as he now leads USHL goaltenders with 28 victories. Austin Cangelosi scored his 26th goal of the season for Youngstown.
Team USA 4 @ Chicago Steel 6
Bo Pieper scored the game-winner as the Steel snapped a three-game winless skid (0-2-1) and earned their 20th victory of the season. Defenseman Ryan Trenz scored a shorthanded goal while Jeff Kubiak and Alex Roos also tallied for Chicago. Playing his first USHL game, defenseman Tim Davison scored a goal for the Steel. Tyler Kelleher recorded a hat trick for Team USA’s Under-17 squad, including a shorthanded goal.
Waterloo Black Hawks 0 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 6
Jake Hildebrand stopped all 24 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season to help the RoughRiders snap a four-game winless skid (0-2-2). Cedar Rapids scored three power play goals, including a pair by Ryan McGrath. Austin Ortega also netted two goals and defenseman John Gilmour scored the game-winner. Riley Bourbonnais scored his 14th of the season.
Des Moines Buccaneers 2 @ Fargo Force 4
Dave Gust scored a pair of goals as the Force completed a two-game sweep over Des Moines. Bryn Chyzyk scored his 25th goal of the season and Colton Hargrove added his 15th which proved to be the game-winner, his sixth of the season. Zane Gothberg made 28 saves to post his third straight win. Anthony Greco scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season for Des Moines which was his 19th goal of the year.
Dubuque Fighting Saints 4 @ Tri-City Storm 1
Zemgus Girgensons recorded his first USHL career hat trick as the Saints ended a four-game road stretch with a 2-2-0 record. The third goal for Girgensons was the 40th of his USHL career. Tyler Lundey netted his 18th of the season for Dubuque and Connor Girard stopped 23 shots to earn the victory. Tim Bonner scored his 19th of the season for the Storm who had their win streak stopped at three games.
Sioux City Musketeers 6 @ Lincoln Stars 3
The Musketeers scored three goals in the first period, including a pair of shorthanded tallies, to push their win streak on the road to three games. Kyle Criscuolo had two of the goals in the first period and Maxim Gaudreault recorded a shorthanded tally. Pontus Johansson scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and Brad Robbins netted his 24th of the season. Kevin Roy tied a Lincoln Stars record by scoring his 47th goal of the season, which extended his goal streak to seven games.
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