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Week 24 Recap: Saturday

03/06/2016, 11:15am CST
By USHL

Green Bay Cheese win in overtime, Ben Blacker now leads the USHL in wins and shutouts and Hayden Lavigne continues to dominate.

 

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

 

The Green Bay Gamblers ended their team history as the Green Bay Cheese with a perfect 1-0-0-0 record after winning 4-3 in overtime. Green Bay continued their gouda play, winning their last three games. Jack Poehling played overtime hero, skating into the zone on a 3-on-1 and finishing top cheddar. Poehling made the defense look like swiss cheese, receiving a cross-ice pass from defenseman Cam Lee before scoring his 11th this season. Brett Gruber was dishing out assists like free samples of queso, finishing the night with two helpers. There were no holes in Connor Mackey’s game, as he finished with an assist and +2 rating. German goaltender Kevin Reich brought some international flavor to the game, and finished with 21 saves for his ninth win this season.

 

Ben Blacker and the RoughRiders won their sixth consecutive game after the goaltender stopped all 31 shots he faced for his league-leading 29th win and fifth shutout. During the six-game win streak, Blacker has three shutouts. Ross Colton scored his 28th goal, extending his active point streak to seven games. Colton has ten points in seven games including six goals. Matt Filipe scored his 18th goal of the year. Filipe has four points in three games during the month of March, and currently has 33 points in 47 games. Defenseman Jack Ahcan extended his point streak to six games after scoring his 12th goal of the year. Ahcan leads all defensemen in scoring with 37 points.

 

The Lincoln Stars won 5-1 thanks in part to a dominant performance courtesy of Peyton Jones. The Langhorne, PA native stopped 26 of 27 shots for his 16th win of the year. Forwards Ludvig Hoff and Tanner Laczynski both finished with two-point nights. After dishing out two assists, Laczynski is tied for second in USHL scoring with 54 points. Hoff’s goal and assist tie him for fourth in USHL scoring with 51 points. Defenseman Trevor Hamilton also scored a two-point night with a goal and assist. Hamilton has nine points in 10 games with Lincoln and is tied for third in USHL scoring. Ryan Poehling scored his first career USHL goal and now has two points in two games with Lincoln. The 2015 USHL Phase I Draft first overall pick is a product of Lakeville North and is committed to play college hockey at St. Cloud State University.
 

Hayden Lavigne turned in yet another solid performance for the Bloomington Thunder. Lavigne has allowed one goal or fewer in his last five starts in net. The University of Michigan commit now has 22 wins on the year. Jake Durflinger scored his 13th goal of the year to help tie the game at 1-1. Durflinger, an uncommitted forward, has 25 points in 47 games. Mitchell Chaffee scored the game-winning goal early in the third period, his second game-winner this season. The uncommitted forward has 11 points in his rookie campaign.

 

Waterloo goaltender Cale Morris picked up his first shutout of the season after stopping all 20 shots he faced. Nine different Black Hawks scored in the 4-0 Waterloo win. Liam Pecararo and Garrett Wait each finished with two-point nights. Wait, a NHL Draft eligible forward, has three points in his last two games. Pecararo has 37 points and 12 goals in 34 games with Waterloo. Pecararo has scored in eight of his last nine games and is currently ranked fourth in team scoring. Sam McCormick and Ryan Lohin each picked up points in their first game with Waterloo after being acquired in a trade.

 

Sioux Falls rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second period to force a shootout with Dubuque. Joe Rutkowski and Eric MacAdams each scored prior to captain Parker Tuomie tallying the game-tying goal with 20 seconds remaining in the second period. After a combined 20-shot third period, both teams remained gridlocked heading into the shootout. Goaltender Stefanos Lekkas stopped two of three shootout attempts in addition to 37 of 40 in the game to earn his 17th win of the year.

 

Matt Alvaro and Lukas Craggs led the Phantoms offense with two points apiece. Rookies Luke McInnis and Cameron Morrison each scored as well. Morrison leads all rookies with 51 points and 27 goals in 49 games. McInnis is ranked second in USHL rookie defensemen scoring with 23 points in 47 games. Florida Panthers goaltending prospect Ryan Bednard earned his 16th win of the year after stopping 31 of 32 shots. Bednard won back-to-back games over the weekend.

 

Sioux City battled back from a 3-1 deficit for a shutout win. Trey Dodd and Josh Wilkins each scored with a minute remaining in the third period to force overtime. Dodd finished the night with two goals, his ninth and tenth of the year. Phillip Knies dished out two assists in the win, while rookie Alex Steeves dished out his sixth assist on the year. Steeves, the youngest player in the USHL this season, would go on to score the game-winning goal in the shootout.

 

 

FINAL SCORES:

 

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders [3] at Team USA U17 [0] BOXSCORE

Madison Capitols [1] at Youngstown Phantoms [4] BOXSCORE

Team USA U18 [1] at Bloomington Thunder [2] BOXSCORE

Sioux Falls Stampede [4] at Dubuque Fighting Saints [3] SO BOXSCORE

Muskegon Lumberjacks [3] at Green Bay Gamblers [4] OT BOXSCORE

Fargo Force [1] at Lincoln Stars [5] BOXSCORE

Waterloo Black Hawks [4] at Omaha Lancers [0] BOXSCORE

Tri-City Storm [3] at Sioux City Musketeers [4] 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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