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Omaha Lancers  vs. Team USA U17 
The Omaha Lancers extended their win streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over Team USA at USA Hockey Arena. Emilio Pettersen tallied his third of the season on the power play to give Omaha a 1-0 lead at 7:46. Brannon McManus had the primary assist on the goal to stretch his point streak to six games. The University of Minnesota commit has eight points (5G, 3A) in those six contests. Jake Goldowski evened the score for Team USA at 15:28, and it was a 1-1 game after 20 minutes of play. Omaha scored twice in the middle frame with both goals going to Filip Suchy. Those two tallies were the first and second goals of Suchy’s USHL career. Erlands Klavins added a pair of assists, and Peter Thome remains unbeaten with a 29-save performance. The North Dakota commit and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect now sports a 5-0-0-0 record and moved his team to a game over .500 at 5-4-0-0.
Dubuque Fighting Saints  vs. Youngstown Phantoms 
The Fighting Saints scored twice in the first period and once in the second to shutout the Phantoms 3-0 inside Covelli Centre. Dubuque had a power play tally in both the first and second periods and now sits at .500 with a 4-4-0-0 record. Zach Solow and Dallas Gerads scored in the opening period to give the Fighting Saints a 2-0 lead. Solow’s goal was his fourth of the year while Gerads’ marker was his first of the season. Austin Rueschoff then added the first goal of his USHL career in the middle frame to complete the scoring. Jacob Hamacher, Cole Guttman and Regen Cavanagh all dished out an assist for Dubuque, and Jaxon Castor stopped all 18 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and second of his USHL career.
Muskegon Lumberjacks  vs. Bloomington Thunder 
The Lumberjacks snapped their two-game winning streak with a dominant 5-0 shutout over the Bloomington Thunder. Muskegon jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, with Collin Adams, Casey Gilling and Will Smith all finding the back of the net. Andrei Svechnikov then added his third goal of the season in the second period to give the Lumberjacks a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. Keith Petruzzelli stopped all 32 Bloomington shots he faced for the first shutout of his USHL career.
Chicago Steel  vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 
Despite giving up a goal just 23 seconds into the game, the Chicago Steel overcame a 2-0 deficit to earn a 5-2victory over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders at The Stable to stay unbeaten and move their perfect record to 8-0-0-0. Zac Robbins opened the scoring for the RoughRiders to give his team a 1-0 before Aleksi Halme doubled the lead about 10 minutes later. The Steel responded soon after with tallies from Tyler Gratton and Walker Duehr to even the score at 2-2 heading into the second period. Chicago then added a pair of goals in the middle frame from Reggie Lutz and Johnny Walker to take a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes. Walker now has five goals in his last five games and moved his goal-scoring streak to five games. His point streak is also now at five games, with the Arizona State commit tallying seven points (5G, 2A) in that span. Lutz added his second goal of the game, an empty netter, to seal the victory for Chicago. Minnesota State, Mankato commit Jake Jaremko earned two assists, and Tommy Nappier stopped 24 of 26 shots to move his record to 5-0-0-0.
Lincoln Stars  vs. Des Moines Buccaneers 
A week after Lincoln knocked off Des Moines 1-0, the Buccaneers returned the favor to deliver a 1-0 shutout of the Stars inside Buccaneer Arena. Lincoln outshot Des Moines 15-8 in the first period, but the teams remained scoreless heading into the middle frame. Cam Orchard scored the only goal of the game at 14:13 of the second period with assists from Mark Senden and Reed Lebster. Jan Ruzicka stopped all 30 shots he faced for his second shutout in three starts. Des Moines now sits at 6-1-0-1, giving them 13 points, most in the Western Conference.
Fargo Force  vs. Sioux City Musketeers 
Connor McMenamin scored twice to help the Musketeers earn a 5-1 home victory over the Fargo Force and earn the split in the two-game set. Cole Koepke and Matt Hellickson scored in the opening period to give Sioux City a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. McMenamin and Eeli Tolvanen doubled the lead to 4-0 in the second period before Hank Crone cut the lead to 4-1 heading into the third period. McMenamin added his second of the game in the final frame to seal the 5-1 victory for Sioux City, who moved into sole possession of third place in the Western Conference with the victory. Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 26 Fargo shots to move his record to 5-2-1 on the season.
Waterloo Black Hawks  vs. Madison Capitols 
The Capitols got back to the .500 mark at 4-4-0-0 with a 3-2 victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks. Madison held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes, getting goals from Alec Broetzman and Noah Weber. Garrett Wait scored in the opening frame for Waterloo. Both teams scored once in the middle period, with Mick Messner getting the game-winner for the Capitols while Shane Bowers tallied his fourth of the season for the Black Hawks, who now sit just a single point out of the top spot in the Western Conference. Daniel Lebedeff stopped 16 of 18 shots for his second victory of the season.
Green Bay Gamblers  vs. Sioux Falls Stampede 
The Stampede scored three times in both the second and third periods to pick up a 7-2 home victory over the Green Bay Gamblers, a win in which Sioux Falls had six different goal scorers. The two teams were tied at one after one period of play thanks to goals from Sioux Falls’ Josh Passolt and Green Bay’s Matt Jennings. After John Leonard gave the Gamblers a 2-1 lead 7:33 into the second period, Eric MacAdams, Jack Doremus and Austin Albrecht made it a 4-2 Stampede advantage after 40 minutes of play. Albrecht also had an assist in the game, giving him 15 points (4G, 11A) on the season and keeping him atop the USHL scoring lead. Passolt, Jake Johnson and Leonard Forselius tallied in the third period to give Sioux Falls the 7-2 victory. In addition to Albrecht and Passolt, MacAdams and Doremus tallied multiple points. In goal, it was Mikhail Berdin who stopped 35 of 37 Green Bay shots to give the Winnipeg Jets prospect the first victory 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.