A recap of Saturday night playoff action in the USHL.
Omaha Lancers 2 @ Sioux City Musketeers 4
(Sioux City win series 3-1)
The Musketeers scored four goals in the third period to earn a victory in Game Four and win the series against the Lancers. The game appeared to be headed to the first intermission scoreless, but Luca Frigo netted his first USHL career playoff goal with just one second on the clock to give the Lancers the lead. After a scoreless second period, Sioux City would even the game less than three minutes into the third as Adam Johnson netted his second goal in as many nights. Omaha regained the lead a little more than a minute later as Gage Hough scored his first playoff goal. The game would be even again midway through the period as Brandon Hawkins tallied his third goal of the series for the Musketeers. Jake Montgomery then gave Sioux City their first lead of the game with just over two minutes remaining and then added an empty netter to seal the victory and a series win for the Musketeers. Kyle Hayton made 35 saves to post his third win of the series while Hayden Hawkey had 28 stops in the loss. Sioux City now faces the Waterloo Black Hawks in the best-of-five Western Conference Final series.
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 7
(Dubuque wins series 3-1)
Josh Elmes and Robby Darrar each netted a pair of goals as the Fighting Saints captured Game Four and earned a series win over the RoughRiders. Elmes started things midway through the first with his first USHL career playoff goal. Cedar Rapids would even things early in the second when Andrew Oglevie was awarded a penalty shot and converted the attempt, his second goal of the series. Elmes then gave Dubuque the lead again a few moments later with his second of the game, and Jason Ford extended it with his first playoff goal four minutes later. Early in the third, Darrar and Seamus Malone scored 1:10 apart to make it 5-1 in favor of Dubuque. Frederik Tiffels gave Cedar Rapids some life with just over seven minutes to go with his first of the playoffs. Jarrid Privitera then scored his second of the series for the Saints, but Andrew Poturalski would respond 34 seconds later for the Riders with his second of the series. It wouldn’t be enough however as Darrar closed out the game with an empty netter in the final moments, his second goal of the night and fourth of the series. Kevin Reich made 26 saves to record his third win of the series while Danny Tirone made 28 stops in the loss. Dubuque now faces the Indiana Ice in the Eastern Conference Final series.
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