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USHL Friday Scoreboard

Friday January 20, 2012

Ryan Lomberg scored the winner with five seconds remaining and Gasper Kopitar tallied an overtime goal to lead their teams to victory on Friday night in the USHL. (photos courtesy of Muskegon Lumberjacks and Bryce Loshman)

A recap of Friday night action in the USHL.

Team USA 3 @ Muskegon Lumberjacks 4

Ryan Lomberg scored the game-winner with just five seconds remaining in the third period to help the Jacks snap their six-game winless skid (0-4-2).  It was also the first USHL win for new head coach Jim McKenzie.  Defenseman Mark Yanis tallied a shorthanded goal for Muskegon while forward Tyler Kelleher scored for the third straight game for Team USA’s Under-17 squad.



Team USA 3 @ Green Bay Gamblers 2

Jared Rutledge made 31 saves to help Team USA’s Under-18 squad snap the five-game winning streak of the Gamblers.  Riley Barber scored his third goal over the last five games for Team USA while Quentin Shore netted the game-winner.



Waterloo Black Hawks 4 @ Tri-City Storm 2

James Hansen tallied the game-winner as the Black Hawks earned their fourth straight victory which also kicked off a four-game road stretch.  Ryan Papa scored his fourth goal over the last three games and Aaron Pearce added a shorthanded tally for Waterloo.  Eamon McAdam stopped 24 shots for his first win since November 18th.



Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 7

John Gilmour scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Riders beat the Saints for the first time in five meetings this season (1-2-2).  Ryan McGrath scored his first of the year for Cedar Rapids while Nick Saracino and Greg Amlong both dished out three assists.  Goaltender Matt McNeely made 22 saves for his third victory in his last four starts.



Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2

Josh Erickson scored the game-winner with under five minutes remaining in the third period to help the Musketeers snap their five-game losing streak.  David Goodwin extended his goal streak to three games for Sioux City and goaltender Matt Skoff turned away 27 shots on the way to recording his 55th career USHL victory.



Fargo Force 5 @ Lincoln Stars 1

Despite being outshot 38-18, the Force earned their eighth consecutive victory.  It is the longest winning streak in the USHL this season and one short of a Force team record.  Austin Farley scored a pair of goals, including his fifth game-winner of the season.  Bryn Chyzyk extended his goal streak to five games and Alex Iafallo scored his fifth goal over his last five contests.



Youngstown Phantoms 1 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 2

Gasper Kopitar scored both goals for the Bucs, including the game-winner with just 19 seconds remaining in the overtime, as Des Moines snapped a four-game home winless skid (0-2-2).  Goaltender Jason Kasdorf made 32 saves on the way to recording his 10th win of the season. 



Indiana Ice 4 @ Chicago Steel 2

Robert Polesello scored two goals to lead the Ice to their seventh consecutive victory.  Sean Kuraly scored the game-winner, his third winner over his last five games.  Making his USHL debut, Ice forward Kirill Lebedev scored his first goal in the League.  Jon Gillies made 29 saves for his 19th victory of the season.



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