Waterloo Black Hawks – 5 vs. Des Moines Buccaneers – 2
Waterloo saw 10 different players record a point as they knocked off the Buccaneers Friday morning. The Black Hawks scored twice in the opening period off the sticks of Jackson Cates and Logan Jenuwine. Tommy Parrottino cut the Waterloo advantage in half with just 30 seconds remaining in the period, but goals from Joey Strada and Nick Swaney broke the game wide open in favor of the Black Hawks. Des Moines cut the lead to 4-2 courtesy of Nick Leitner before a Kevin Charyszyn empty net goal sealed the victory for Waterloo. Severi Isokangas stopped 26 of 28 Des Moines attempts in the win.
Fargo Force – 3 vs. Red Bull Salzburg – 0
Cary’s Eades’ club scored one goal in each period to pick up the shutout victory. Dartmouth commit Jeffrey Losurdo scored his first tally of the preseason 4:13 into the first period with assists from Michael Graham and Lukas Kalble. Dalton Messina added on his first goal as well to double the Force lead in the middle frame. Ben Meyers completed the scoring for the Force about halfway through the third period thanks to helpers from Jack Adams and Cody Haiskanen. Joe Marcouiller and Ryan Bischel split time between the pipes in the win, with Marcouiller stopping three shots and Bischel turning eight Red Bull attempts aside. Former Green Bay Gamblers goaltender Kevin Reich was in goal for Red Bull and played well despite the loss, stopping 29 of 32 shots.
Tri-City Storm – 3 vs. Team USA – 2
The defending Clark Cup champions moved to 2-0 in the Fall Classic with a hard fought victory over Team USA’s U18 roster. Blake Coffey and Danny DiGrande got Bill Muckalt’s club out to a 2-0 lead 11 minutes into the opening period. Alex Limoges, a Cornell commit and one of the expected top players for the Storm this season, added a helper on DiGrande’s goal. David Farrance’s seeing-eye shot found its’ way past Storm goaltender Dayton Rasmussen on the power play to cut the Storm’s lead in half late in the first. Newly acquired forward Wyatt Bongiovanni scored his first goal of the preseason to make it a 3-1 game in favor of Tri-City. Randy Hernandez scored a shorthanded goal to make it 3-2, but the Storm would hang on for the remainder of the game to earn the win. Rasmussen picked up his second win of the USHL Fall Classic West after stopping 27 of 29 shots.
Lincoln Stars – 5 vs. Omaha Lancers – 1
The Stars earned their first win of the preseason by scoring five unanswered goals to knock off the hometown Lancers in a physical game that featured 58 penalty minutes in the third period. Brannon McManus, considered a top prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft, picked up his first goal of the preseason on a perfectly placed wrist shot to open the scoring. The Stars then scored the last five goals of the game, getting goals from five different players: Luke Maver, Eero Teravainen, Henry Bowlby, Jake Nielsen and Ethen Frank. Veteran forward Mike Gillespie had four assists in the win, and both Bowlby and Frank also added helpers of their own. Cayden Primeau picked up the win in net for Chris Hartsburg’s club, turning aside 18 of 19 Lancers attempts.
Sioux City Musketeers – 3 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede – 1
Connor McMenamin had a goal and assist as the Musketeers knocked off Sioux Falls in Friday’s final game. Top 2017 NHL Draft prospect Eeli Tolvanen scored 20 seconds into the game to give Sioux City the early lead. Jeff O’Neill tied the game just over five minutes later, and the teams were deadlocked at one goal apiece heading into the second period. After a defensive second period McMenamin picked up his first goal of the preseason to give the Musketeers the lead at 12:39 of the third. It was a dominant third period for the Musketeers, as they outshot the Stampede 17-5. Matiss Kivienieks picked up the win in goal, stopping 17 of 18 shots.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 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.