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Week 23 Recap: Saturday

02/28/2016, 9:30am CST
By USHL

Green Bay impresses home fans with Teddy Bear Toss win, Bloomington scores 10 and Ryan Wischow puts up a shutout.

 

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

 

Seven different Thunder players were credited with multi-point nights in a 10-1 Bloomington blowout. Jake Slaker, Jake Durflinger and Tarek Baker led the way with four-point nights each, while defensemen Myles Cunningham and Brogan Rafferty turned in three-point nights. Hayden Lavigne continued his excellent weekend by stopping 19 of 20 shots. The University of Michigan commit reached 20 wins on the year, and has allowed one goal or less in his last three games, a back-to-back-to-back set beginning last Thursday. Patrick Curry scored a two-goal night to reach 10 goals on the year.

 

Green Bay Gamblers fans witnessed thousands of bears hit the ice after captain Sam Saliba scored Green Bay’s first goal. The Michigan State University commit has 23 goals and 40 points in 45 games. Goaltender Adam Huska stopped 19 of 20 shots for his 19th win of the year. The New York Rangers prospect has an USHL-best 1.85 GAA and .932 SV%. Forward Jason Dhooghe scored his sixth goal of the year, a game-winner halfway through the third period.

 

Goaltender Ryan Wischow stopped all 24 shots he faced for his 17th win and fourth shutout of the year. The win is the Green Bay, WI native’s second consecutive win and second shutout in February. Denis Smirnov followed up his impressive Friday offensive performance with a goal and assist in the 2-0 win. His 21st goal came on an empty net goal. Newly acquired forward Will Graber picked up his first point as a member of the Force, an assist on the Smirnov goal.

 

Top USHL defensive scorer Jack Ahcan played overtime hero for Cedar Rapids, scoring his 10th goal of the year a minute into overtime. Forward Ross Colton scored his 26th goal of the year to help the Cedar Rapids rally, while rookie Will Garin scored his second goal in as many game since joining the RoughRiders after his high school season.  The NHL Draft eligible forward played his youth hockey at Holy Family Catholic and is committed to the University of Connecticut. Goaltender Ben Blacker stopped 23 shots for his third consecutive win in net.

 

Sioux Falls goaltender Stefanos Lekkas stopped 26 of 27 shots for his 16th win of the year, and third consecutive win in net in addition to stopping all 18 shots in a relief appearance. Captain Parker Tuomie scored his 22nd goal of the year and added an assist to lead the Stampede. Defenseman Alex Stevens dished out two assists. The uncommitted blueliner has 13 points in 41 games.

 

Rem Pitlick continued his home scoring streaks, scoring his 33rd goal of the year in 41 games. The goal gives the University of Minnesota commit a 19-game point home streak and a 13-game home goal-scoring streak. Pitlick has 61 points in 41 games. Dallas Stars prospect Matej Paulovic scored a goal and assist to extend his point streak to five games. Defenseman Grant Gabriele scored a three-point game and now has nine points in nine games with the Lumberjacks. Ottawa Senators prospect Joey Daccord stopped 46 shots for his third consecutive win. The first year goaltender now has 17 wins.

 

After heading into the third period in a 0-0 tie, Madison and Tri-City combined for four goals to force the game to overtime. Madison goaltender Drew Hotte stopped 36 of 38 shots while Tri-City netminder Jake Kielly stopped 21 of 23 shots in four periods of play. All three Capitols scored in the shootout, with Phil Beaulieu securing the win for the Capitols.

 

Goaltender Nick MacNab stopped 35 of 36 shots for his 10th win of the year. MacNab is 4-1-0-0 in his last five starts. Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Nikita Pavlychev scored his eighth goal of the year shorthanded in the second period. Forwards Zach Jordan and Ty Pelton-Byce each scored goals for the second consecutive night for the Buccaneers.

 

 

FINAL SCORES:

 

Bloomington Thunder [10] at Youngstown Phantoms [1] BOXSCORE

Omaha Lancers [2] at Muskegon Lumberjacks [4] BOXSCORE

Waterloo Black Hawks [2] at Cedar Rapids RoughRiders [3] OT BOXSCORE

Des Moines Buccaneers [3] at Dubuque Fighting Saints [1] BOXSCORE

Lincoln Stars [0] at Fargo Force [2] BOXSCORE

Chicago Steel [1] at Green Bay Gamblers [2] BOXSCORE

Sioux City Musketeers [1] at Sioux Falls Stampede [4] BOXSCORE

Madison Capitols [3] at Tri-City Storm [2] SO BOXSCORE

 

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16.  A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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