Des Moines Buccaneers – 2 vs. Red Bull Salzburg – 1
The Buccaneers edged Red Bull 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday morning. Des Moines opened the scoring 5:21 into the opening period thanks to a Jakub Sirota tally. Reed Lebster and Isaac Johnson picked up assists on the goal. After a scoreless second period that saw Red Bull outshoot the Bucs 6-2, Red Bull tied the game on the power play about halfway through the final 20 minutes. Fabian Nuaybaumer put a shot past Des Moines netminder Nick MacNab and the two teams headed to overtime. Red Bull and the Buccaneers could not settle the score in overtime, so they headed to a shootout where Tommy Parrotino picked up the only goal to give the Bucs the win. MacNab earned the win as he came on in the third period in relief of Jan Ruzicka. MacNab turned four of the five shots he saw aside while Ruzicka stopped all 10 shots he faced through the first two periods of play.
Fargo Force – 3 vs. Sioux City Musketeers – 1
Fargo scored once in the first period and twice in the second period to pick up a 3-1 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers. Cole Galant picked up his first of the preseason 14:15 into the first period, and then he doubled the Fargo lead to 2-0 midway through the second period. Odeen Tufto made it a three goal game 81 seconds later, and Fargo took a 3-0 lead into the final 20 minutes. Jamie Armstrong cut the lead to 3-1 six minutes into the third, but Fargo was able to hang on and earn the win. Three different players picked up assists for the Force – Brad Belisle, Jeff Losurdo and Easton Brodzinski. Fargo goaltender Matthew Murray picked up the win in relief of Ryan Bischel. Both goalies played about half of the game with Bischel stopping all seven shots he faced and Murray turning all but one of the 17 Musketeers attempts he saw aside.
Omaha Lancers – 6 vs. Team USA – 2
Four players – Pierce Crawford (1 G, 1 A), Michael Joyaux (0 G, 2 A), Austin Alger (0 G, 2 A) and Coby Downs (1 G, 2 A) – all had multiple points as the hometown Omaha Lancers took down Team USA 6-2. Omaha scored three goals in the first period, coming from Erlends Klavins, Crawford, and Zac Hermann. Brady Tkachuk, who had a goal and assist in his team’s defeat, picked up a Team USA goal late in the period to make it 3-1 after 20 minutes. Omaha then saw tallies from Downs and Jakob Breault to take a 5-1 lead after two periods. Both teams scored once in the third period – Randy Hernandez for Team USA and Alex Mehnert for Omaha, and the Lancers would cruise to the 6-2 triumph. Both teams’ penalty killing units were outstanding, as they were a combined 11/11 in killing off power play opportunities. Jacob Acton played the entire game in net for Brian Kaufman’s group stopping 27 of the 29 Team USA shots he faced.
Sioux Falls Stampede – 3 vs. Lincoln Stars – 1
Boston Bruins prospect and University of Wisconsin commit Jack Becker tallied a pair of power play goals to help the Stampede to a 3-1 victory over the Lincoln Stars. Becker opened the scoring on the man advantage late in the first period as he deflected an Alex Stevens shot past Stars goaltender Cayden Primeau to give his team a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Stars then tied the game in the second on a Gustaf Westlund short side snipe on Stampede netminder and Brown University commit Luke Kania. Becker then gave Sioux Falls a 2-1 led six minutes later with another tally on the man advantage. Rookie forward Jaxon Nelson scored the first goal of the game six minutes into the third period to secure the Sioux Falls victory. Leonard Forselius, Austin Albrecht and Matthew Quercia all tallied assists for the Stampede in the win. Jeremy Swayman came on in relief of Kania after the Westlund goal and was perfect, as he stopped all 12 shots he faced to earn the victory.
Tri-City Storm – 5 vs. Waterloo Black Hawks – 2
The defending Clark Cup champions picked up a pair of goals in both the first and third period to take down another Western Conference playoff team from last season in the Waterloo Blackhawks by a score of 5-2. Paul Washe and newcomer Wyatt Bongiovanni netted tallies in the first period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. After Logan Jenuwine scored his second of the preseason to cut the lead in half, Tri-City responded with two goals from Charlie Kelleher and Philip Alftberg to take a 4-1 lead. Bailey Conger and Joe Cipolione added markers from their respective teams to get to the 5-2 final score. Washe had Alftberg had a goal and assist in the win while Kelleher finished with one goal and two assists. David Tomeo and Mareks Mitens split time between the pipes for Bill Muckalt’s team, and Tomeo earned the victory by stopping six of eight shots he faced. Mitens turned all 13 Waterloo shots he saw aside.
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.