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Week 26 Recap: Saturday

03/20/2016, 12:30pm CDT
By USHL

Four games go to overtime, Dubuque becomes second team to clinch Clark Cup Playoffs spot and New York Rangers prospect Adam Huska shines in Game of the Week.

 

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

 

Dubuque scored five consecutive goals after facing a 2-0 deficit to become the second team this year to clinch a Clark Cup Playoffs spot. Gordon Green started the rally, and added another two assists. Mitchell Smith scored the game-winning goal on a cross-ice feed from Willie Knierim, quickly followed by Nathan Sucese’s 22nd goal of the year. Goaltender Hunter Miska stopped 21 of 23 shots for his 28th win of the year.

 

Green Bay won the FASTHockey Game of the Week 3-2 in overtime. New York Rangers prospect Adam Huska stopped 25 of 27 shots for his 22nd win of the year. Nick Poehling  scored his 15th goal of the year and added an assist to lead the Gamblers offense. Captain Sam Saliba scored his 24th goal of the year to open the scoring. Ryan Blankemeier won the game in overtime, putting home a rebound from an Andrew Peeke shot. Peeke finished the game with two assists.

 

Tri-City is one win away from clinching a Clark Cup Playoffs spot after Dayton Rasmussen stopped 35 of 36 shots in a 4-1 win. Rasmussen is now 4-2-2-2 with a 2.10 GAA and .929 SV% with Tri-City this season. Walker Duehr scored his 10th goal of the year, and now has four goals in his last five games. Alex Limoges was credited with an assist, giving the rookie 31 points in 36 games.

 

Sioux Falls kept their Clark Cup Playoffs dreams alive thanks to a 45-save effort from Stefanos Lekkas. It is the second consecutive season that Lekkas has reached 20 wins. After going down 1-0, Jack Becker scored back-to-back goals to start the Sioux Falls domination. Josh Passolt was credited with three assists on the night, his fourth multi-point performance on the year.

 

Bloomington goaltender Hayden Lavigne stopped 21 of 23 shots, and stopped both shootout attempts for his 25th win this season. Lavigne is 8-2-0-0 in his last 10 games. Sean Harrison and Patrick Curry both scored in regulation, with defenseman Jeremy Davies assisting on both goals. Davies leads all USHL defensemen in scoring with 43 points.

 

Defenseman Kris Myllari tallied two goals in a 4-3 shootout win. Myllari has 19 points and is a +18 on the season. Rookie Cameron Morrison assisted on both goals, putting the forward one point ahead in the USHL scoring race with 54 points. After Florida Panthers prospect Ryan Bednard stopped all four shootout attempts, Jason Cotton scored the deciding goal. Bednard now has 17 wins on the year.

 

Josh French scored twice to help Omaha keep their Clark Cup chances alive with a crucial 3-2 win over Fargo. French has 14 goals on the year and leads the Lancers in scoring with 40 points. Goaltender Zackaris Skog stopped 17 of 19 shots for his 11th win this season. Omaha is five points shy of a playoff spot with eight games remaining.

 

Madison Capitols won their seventh consecutive game at Alliant Energy Center thanks to a 6-5 overtime win. Marcel Godbout scored his 21st goal of the year just 51 seconds in the extra period. In total, six different players scored for Madison. 16-year old rookie Daniel Lebedeff improved to 3-0-1-0 on the season after stopping 20 of 22 shots in a relief appearance. Lebedeff has a 2.41 GAA and .922 SV% in four games this year.

 

 

FINAL SCORES:

Youngstown Phantoms [4] at Muskegon Lumberjacks [3] SO BOXSCORE

Lincoln Stars [2] at Bloomington Thunder [3] SO BOXSCORE

Sioux Falls Stampede [4] at Chicago Steel [1] BOXSCORE

Waterloo Black Hawks [2] at Dubuque Fighting Saints [5] BOXSCORE

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders [2] at Green Bay Gamblers [3] OT BOXSCORE

Des Moines Buccaneers [5] at Madison Capitols [6] OT BOXSCORE

Fargo Force [2] at Omaha Lancers [3] BOXSCORE

Sioux City Musketeers [1] at Tri-City Storm [4] 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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