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Youngstown Phantoms  vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks 
The Phantoms scored all three of their goals in the opening period. Evan Wisocky opened the scoring 11:06 into the opening period. Alex Esposito tallied his fourth of the season to double the Phantoms lead. Youngstown added their third goal of the period on the man advantage just 1:26 later thanks to a Dominic Dockery slap shot. The goal was Dockery’s first of his USHL career. The Phantoms won the special teams battle as well as they were 1/4 on the power play and killed off all four Muskegon opportunities on the man advantage. Andrei Svechnikov scored the lone goal for the Lumberjacks, whose four-game win streak came to an end with the loss. Ivan Kulbakov moved his record to a perfect 3-0-0-0 by stopping 17 of 18 Muskegon shots. Youngstown moved to 4-2-0-0 on the season with the win.
Chicago Steel  vs. Bloomington Thunder 
The Steel remained unbeaten with a 4-1 win over Bloomington, their third victory over the Thunder on the season. They are now 5-0-0-0 on the year. Goals by Jake Jaremko and Walker Duehr staked Chicago to a 2-0 lead seven minutes into the opening period before Thunder captain Tarek Baker cut the lead to 2-1 heading into the second period. The score remained that way until late in the middle period when Johnny Walker blasted home a one-timer, his third of the season, to give Chicago a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. Baker Shore added an empty net goal to seal the win for the Steel. Both Jaremko and Wyatt Aamodt earned a pair of assists while Tommy Nappier won his fourth game of the season by stopping 25 of 26 Bloomington attempts.
Omaha Lancers  vs. Fargo Force 
Two third period goals from Mitch Perreault allowed the Lancers to pull away from the Force to earn their third straight victory. Both teams scored once in the opening frame. Pierce Crawford picked up his third goal of the year before Martin Sundberg responded for Fargo to make it a 1-1 game after 20 minutes. The Lancers took a 3-1 lead six minutes into the second period. University of Minnesota commit Brannon McManus made it 2-1 two minutes into the frame before Crawford tallied his second of the game to double the Omaha lead, but Jack Adams and Evan Bell found the back of the net for Fargo to send the teams to the dressing room tied at three after 40 minutes of play. Perreault then took over the game, scoring twice in the first nine minutes of the third period. Those two goals were Perreault’s first tallies of 2016-17. Peter Thome stopped 35 of 38 shots to keep a perfect 3-0-0-0 record.
Green Bay Gamblers  vs. Madison Capitols 
Green Bay scored three times in the first period and never looked back as they took a 4-1 decision on the road at in-state rival Madison. Josh Dunne scored his first of the season just three minutes into the opening period, and Yale commit Dante Palecco picked up his second and third goals of the year just 3:20 apart to give the Gamblers a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. Eugene Fadyeyev cut the lead to 3-1 in the second period, but that’s as close as the Capitols would get before John Leonard put the puck into an empty net to seal the win for Green Bay. Both teams scored once on the power play in the game. Maksim Zhukov stopped 28 of the 29 Madison shots he faced to move his record to 3-1-0-0 on the season. He currently sports a 2.01 GAA and a .920 SV%. The Gamblers are currently riding a three-game win streak.
Waterloo Black Hawks  vs. Sioux City Musketeers  (OT)
Shane Bowers picked up points on both Waterloo goals, including scoring the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Black Hawks to a thrilling 2-1 victory on the road. After a defensive, tight-checking opening period which saw the Musketeers outshot the Black Hawks, Sioux City’s Phillip Knies opened the scoring at 6:22 of the second period to give the Musketeers a 1-0 lead, a lead they took into the third period. The Black Hawks tied the game late thanks to a Nick Swaney goal off a beautiful, no-look pass from Bowers, and the two teams headed to overtime. Swaney returned the favor in the extra session, finding a streaking Bowers who put home the overtime winner. It was Bowers’ second goal of the season. Robbie Beydoun put on a show between the pipes for Waterloo, stopping 39 shots to pick up the victory. Waterloo now sports a five-game win streak, tied with the Chicago Steel for the longest win streak so far this season.
Dubuque Fighting Saints  vs. Sioux Falls Stampede 
Three goals in the final period vaulted the Fighting Saints to a 5-3 victory over Sioux Falls at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Goals from Jaxon Nelson and Jason O’Neill put the Stampede up 2-0 halfway through the first period before Colin Theisen cut the lead in half before the end of the frame. R.J. Murphy and Alex Stevens scored for their respective teams in the second period, and Sioux Falls took a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. Zach Solow tied the game under two minutes into the final frame, and Theisen scored his second of the night and third of the season just over three minutes later, which ended up being the game-winner. Regen Cavanagh added an empty net goal with just two seconds remaining. Dallas Gerads picked up a pair of assists, and San Jose Sharks prospect Mike Robinson stopped 21 of 24 shots, including a highlight-reel save in addition to stopping a penalty shot late in the third period.
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders  vs. Tri-City Storm 
The Storm scored four times in the first period and twice in the second, and shut out Cedar Rapids at “Color Out Cancer” night inside the Viaero Center. 10 different players picked up points for the Storm in the victory. Wyllum Deveaux, Alex Limoges, Paul Washe and Wyatt Bongiovanni all scored in the opening period. Limoges and Deveaux tallied the goals in the middle frame. Limoges had three points in the win. Tri-City finished 2/5 on the power play, and Dayton Rasmussen stopped all 18 shots he faced for the first shutout of his USHL career.
Des Moines Buccaneers  vs. Lincoln Stars 
Kyle Kawamura scored the only goal of the game in the third period to give the Stars a 1-0 shutout of the Buccaneers and move their record above .500 for the second time this season. Both the first and second periods were defensive, scoreless affairs. Lincoln held the advantage in shots 10-6 through the first period, but it was more even in the second period with both teams only mustering seven attempts each on goal. The game remained scoreless until Kawamura’s first USHL career goal 2:26 into the third with assists to Gustaf Westlund and Christian Evers. Both teams’ penalty killing units were outstanding. The Buccaneers finished 5/5 on the PK while Lincoln killed off all four Des Moines power plays they faced. Northeastern University commit Cayden Primeau stopped all 20 shots he faced for the first shutout of his USHL career.
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.