A recap of Saturday night playoff action in the USHL.
Green Bay Gamblers 6 @ Indiana Ice 5
(Series tied 1-1)
Connor Hurley scored a pair of goals to help the Gamblers capture Game Two and even their best-of-five series against Indiana. Green Bay struck first when Gavin Stoick scored midway through the first and then Hurley made it 2-0 when he scored just before the period expired. Patrick Newell got Indiana on the board early in the second, his third goal of the series, but the Gamblers would respond with goals by Nick Schmaltz and the second of the night to go up 4-1. Indiana made a charge in the third as Matt Roy scored early in the frame and Sam Kurker netted a goal midway through the period to pull the Ice within a goal. Green Bay would regain control when Matt Weis and Ryan Lough scored 1:26 apart, but the Ice would not go away. With their goaltender pulled in favor of the extra attacker, they scored two goals in a span of 30 seconds to pull within a goal, but Green Bay would hang on for the victory. The series now shifts to Green Bay for Game Three on Thursday. Indiana outshot Green Bay 44-21 in the contest.
Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (OT)
(Sioux City leads series 1-0)
Avery Peterson scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, as the Musketeers struck first in the best-of-five series with Omaha by winning Game One. Sioux City wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard as Brock Boeser netted a goal just 47 seconds after the opening faceoff. Omaha answered less than four minutes later as Jimmy Schuldt converted on the power play. The second period belonged to Sioux City as Brandon Hawkins and Peterson scored goals to make it a 3-1 game. Omaha responded with two goals of their own in the third period as Niklas Folin and Brendan Smith tallied to even the contest and force overtime. Peterson took care of business early in the extra session as he scored just 1:49 into overtime, giving the Musketeers the victory. The Lancers outshot the Musketeers 43-29, but goaltender Kyle Hayton made 40 saves in his USHL playoff debut to earn the victory. The teams now get set for Game Two on Sunday in Omaha.
Sioux Falls Stampede 3 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 6
(Waterloo leads series 2-0)
A four-point night by Blake Winiecki led Waterloo to a Game Two victory and take a 2-0 series lead against Sioux Falls. The Stampede would get on the scoreboard first as Tony Calderone netted his first of the series, but Drew Melanson would respond less than two minutes later with his second goal in as many nights to tie the contest. C.J. Franklin gave Sioux Falls the lead again early in the second frame, but Waterloo would again have a quick response as Winiecki tallied just 33 seconds later. The game appeared to be headed into the second intermission tied 2-2, but Patrick Russell beat the buzzer by scoring a goal with just one second remaining and give Waterloo the lead. Jake Horton scored early in the third to put Waterloo up by two goals and Zack Sanford extended the lead a little more than three minutes later. Sioux Falls would respond shortly after with a R.J. Majkozak goal, but it wouldn’t be enough as Tyler Sheehy sealed it with an empty netter in the closing moments. Cal Petersen made 25 saves to post his second win of the series for Waterloo. The series now moves to Sioux Falls for Game Three on Thursday.
Dubuque Fighting Saints 5 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 6
(Series tied 1-1)
Corey Petrash scored the game-winner with just 53 seconds remaining in the third period to help the RoughRiders even their best-of-five series with Dubuque. It was all Cedar Rapids early as they scored four goals in the first period. Dylan McLaughlin started the run with a goal just four minutes after the opening faceoff and Andrew Oglevie got the second Riders goal midway through the frame. Dylan Steman then scored power play goals just 1:13 apart to give Cedar Rapids a commanding 4-0 lead. Andrew Poturalski made it 5-0 just 33 seconds in the middle frame, but the Saints wouldn’t give up. They scored three goals in a span of one minute midway through the period. Defenseman Alexx Privitera and forward Robby Darrar scored just 16 seconds apart and then Jarrid Privitera added a third Dubuque goal to make the score 5-3. The Saints kept the momentum going in the third period as Jacob Benson scored just 12 seconds into the frame and Seamus Malone tied the game midway through the period. Petrash made sure the game didn’t slip away from the Riders as he netted the winner in the final minute of regulation to give the Riders a Game Two victory. The series now shifts to Dubuque for Game Three on Friday.
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