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USHL Saturday Scoreboard

Saturday January 7, 2012

Nick Saracino and Ken Babinski both scored game-winning goals to lead their clubs to victory on Saturday night in the USHL. (photos by Amber Schmidt/Metro Studios and Robert J. Meyer)

A recap of Saturday night action in the USHL.

Youngstown Phantoms 1 @ Indiana Ice 4

The first USHL goal for Dan Sherer was the game-winner as he helped lead the Ice to their fifth consecutive victory.  Woody Hudson and Drew Smolcynski also scored and Jon Gillies made 36 saves for his 17th win of the season.



Chicago Steel 5 @ Muskegon Lumberjacks 1

Ali Thomas had three points (1g, 2a), including the game-winning goal, as the Steel snapped a four-game losing streak.  Chicago scored three goals in the third period, which included the 10th of the season for Michael Fallon and the first USHL goal for Phillip Marinaccio.  Goaltender Mathias Dahlstrom stopped 31 shots to earn the victory.



Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Fargo Force 4

Bryn Chyzyk scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period as the Force earned a weekend sweep over the Musketeers.  Stanislav Dzakhov scored his second goal in as many nights while Brian Cooper and Alex Iafallo also added goals.  The Musketeers scored all three of their goals on the power play.



Sioux Falls Stampede 4 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 3 (SO)

Austyn Young tallied the deciding tally in the fourth round of the shootout as the Stampede improved to 3-1 in shootouts this season.  Ryan Keller, Dan Carlson, and Joe Lordo scored in regulation for Sioux Falls while Gasper Kopitar scored his 10th of the season for Des Moines.  Charlie Lindgren made 36 saves and turned aside 3-of-4 in the shootout to earn the win.



Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 4

Scott MacDonald recorded three points (1g, 2a) as the Black Hawks evened their season record with the Saints at 2-2-0.  Tyler Zepeda tallied the game-winner and Mark Naclerio scored his third goal over the last four games for Waterloo.  The Black Hawks held the Saints to just 18 shots on goal.  Cody Bradley scored both goals for Dubuque.



Lincoln Stars 2 @ Omaha Lancers 5

Ken Babinski scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Lancers won their third straight and pulled into a tie for first place in the Western Conference standings.  Anthony Hamburg scored his second goal in as many nights and Casey Bailey dished out three assists.  Alex Lyon made 34 saves for his 13th win of the season. 



Tri-City Storm 3 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 4

Nick Saracino scored the game-winner with just over three minutes remaining in the third period to lead the Riders to a win in their first of a five-game homestand.  Stu Wilson tallied a shorthanded goal and Davey Middleton scored for the Riders against his former club. 



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