A recap of Friday night playoff action in the USHL.
Green Bay Gamblers 0 @ Indiana Ice 2
(Indiana leads series 1-0)
Hayden Stewart recorded a shutout and Patrick Newell netted a pair of goals to lead the Ice to a victory in Game One of the best-of-five series with Green Bay. After a scoreless first period where Stewart and Gamblers netminder Jared Rutledge combined to stop all 13 shots, the Ice came alive in the second. Newell scored just over seven minutes into the second period and then added another goal less than seven minutes later. It was the first USHL playoff game for Newell. Stewart and Ice shut the door the rest of the way as the goaltender finished the night stopping all 22 shots he faced in his first playoff game. The teams now get set for Game Two of the series on Saturday.
Sioux Falls Stampede 4 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 7
(Waterloo leads series 1-0)
A hat trick for birthday boy Brandon Montour and two goals by Blake Winiecki led Waterloo’s scoring outburst and gave a victory in Game One of their series with Sioux Falls. Montour, celebrating his 20th birthday, opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game and Winiecki added a goal five minutes later. Zeb Knutson cut the lead in half with his sixth career playoff goal for the Stampede. Christian Horn would tie the game early in the second, but Drew Melanson scored his first of the playoffs three minutes later and Winiecki netted his second of the night only 1:31 later. Sioux Falls would have a quick response as Louis Nanne scored 22 seconds later and the teams headed into the second intermission with Waterloo leading 4-3. The third period would belong to the Black Hawks as Montour tallied his second of the night only 19 seconds into the frame and Liam Pecararo netted his first of the playoffs to go along with his three assists. Nolan Gluchowski would score a goal for the Stampede midway through the third, but it wouldn’t be enough as Montour completed his hat trick late in the period to close out the victory. The teams return to the ice on Saturday for Game Two of the series.
Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 1
(Dubuque leads series 1-0)
The Saints held the RoughRiders to just 18 shots on the way to earning a victory in Game One of the best-of-five series. Cedar Rapids would strike first as Dylan Steman scored just over seven minutes into the game. Defenseman Phil Boje tied the game just over three minutes into the second. Karson Kuhlman would then put Dubuque ahead only 34 seconds into the third period with his fifth USHL career playoff goal. After giving up nine shots in the first period, the Saints would limit the Riders to nine shots the rest of the way and Kevin Reich made 17 total saves to record the victory. Danny Tirone made 27 saves in the loss for Cedar Rapids. The teams now get set for Game Two of the series on Saturday night in Cedar Rapids.
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