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Meijer AAA - 4 vs. Chicago Young Americans - 3
In the first game of the USHL Fall Classic West U14 Tournament, Meijer edged out the Chicago Young Americans by a final of 4-3. Meijer got on the board first in the first period with a Joshua Rule goal. Tanner Latsch then doubled the lead to 2-0 midway through the second period. Cole Schneider made it a 2-1 game by scoring with just eight seconds to play in the period, but Latsch tallied his second of the contest to make it a 3-1 Meijer lead. Owen DeVries was the other goal scorer for Meijer. Cole Moore stopped 27 of 30 Chicago Young Americans shots to earn the victory between the pipes.
Team Wisconsin - 2 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Elite - 1
In a tight checking, defensive battle, Team Wisconsin squeaked by the hometown Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 2-1. Team Wisconsin scored one goal in both the first and second periods. Dayne Hoyord opened the scoring in the first period with assists to Jacob Cebula and Cade Lemmer. Brendan Poshak picked up what amounted to be the game-winning goal midway through the second period as Cole Carlson and Caden Carlson earned helpers. Despite a third period Pittsburgh goal from Logan Cramer, Team Wisconsin was about to hold on for the victory. Ethan Mork had a stellar performance between the pipes for Team Wisconsin as he turned aside all but one of the 22 shots he faced.
Honeybaked - 5 vs. Syracuse Nationals - 3
Two first period goals and three second period goals by Honeybaked gave them a 5-3 victory over the Syracuse Nationals. Caleb Cathcart had a goal and an assist in the win. Parker Banks tallied a goal and two assists for Honeybaked, and they also received goals from Carter Rohman, EJ Janda and Ethan Holt. Cooper Duncan was outstanding between the pipes as he stopped 33 of 36 shots to pick up the victory.
Westchester Express - 7 vs. Colorado Thunderbirds - 0
It was a dominant performance from Westchester Express on Thursday, as they shut out the Colorado Thunderbirds 7-0. Westchester was spurred by four first period goals from Aidan Cobb, Nikita Kovalev, Zackary Tonelli and Jakub Teply. Christian Jimenez, Robert Barrasso and Jack Gorton also got on the board for Westchester. Teply picked up an assist and Anthony Cipollone tallied two helpers of his own. Both Tommy Aitken and Alexander Rohlf split time between the pipes and stopped all 27 shots they faced combined.
Belle Tire - 4 vs. Buffalo Jr. Sabres - 1
Three second period goals vaulted Belle Tire to a 4-1 victory over Buffalo Jr. Sabres. Drake Albers picked up a goal in both the second and third periods and also added an assist. Jack Meisic and Owen Michaels also scored in the victory. Drew Joliet, Jake Mack, Tanner Dickinson and Mitchel Smith tallied helpers of their own. Peyton Grainer turned aside 22 of 23 shots to earn the win between the pipes for Belle Tire.
Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers - 2 vs. Arizona Bobcats - 1 (SO)
In another close, tight-checking battle, the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers took down the Arizona Bobcats 2-1 in a shootout. The Jr. Rangers picked up the first goal of the game as Cam Grillo found the back of the net midway through the period with helpers from CJ Zezima and Nate Hanley. The Bobcats evened the score in the second period, and after a scoreless third period, the two needed went to overtime. After extra time didn’t yield an outcome, Jake Percival scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Jr. Rangers the victory. Bennett Ostern was great in net as they stopped 32 of 33 shots to earn the win.
Minnesota Blades - 5 vs. Dallas Stars Elite - 2
Looking to follow in the footsteps of the U16 team, who took home the USHL Fall Classic West title, the Minnesota Blades took down Dallas Stars Elite 5-2 on Friday afternoon. The Blades got goals from four different players in the win – Harrison VanderMay, Ryan Mulrenin, Connor Kelley and Mitchell Kohner, who had two tallies of his own. Johnny Meiers and Blake Biondi had two assists each. Noah Grannan picked up the win between the pipes by stopping 16 of the 18 Dallas shots he faced.
Chicago Fury – 3 vs. New Jersey Jr. Devils – 2 (SO)
In the last game of the first day of the USHL Fall Classic U14 tournament, the Chicago Fury knocked off the New Jersey Jr. Devils 3-2 by way of the shootout. The scoring began in the second period with both teams finding the back of the net. Cade McLaughlin got New Jersey on the board while it was John Waldron who scored the first Fury goal of the game. Both squads then scored once each in the third period to send the game to extra time – John Siedem for the Devils and Roby Pustulka for the Fury. After a scoreless overtime period, the teams went to a shootout, and Corbin Reat held strong between the pipes to give the Fury the victory. Reat was solid all night long as he stopped 30 of 32 shots in the win.
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.