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Bloomington Thunder  vs. Madison Capitols 
Madison scored two goals and both the second and third periods to knock off Bloomington 4-1 on Sunday afternoon. After a scoreless opening period that saw the shots favor the Capitols 8-7, Noah Weber opened the scoring on the power play three minutes into the second period to put Madison up 1-0. Four minutes later, Simon Sagissor scored the first goal of his USHL career to double the Capitols lead to 2-0 after 40 minutes of play. Easton Brodzinski then added the next two goals to put Madison up 4-0 before Brady Smith scored the only goal of the game for Bloomington. It was Smith’s first career USHL goal. Dryden McKay moved his record to 2-0-0-0 on the season by stopping 29 saves on 31 shots.
Chicago Steel  vs. Youngstown Phantoms 
The Phantoms jumped out to a 3-0 lead and hung on for a 3-2 victory to stop Chicago’s season-opening winning streak at 10 games, tied for the longest such streak in USHL Tier 1 history. After a scoreless first period, Alec Mahalak and Griffin Loughran found the back of the net in the middle frame to give Youngstown a 2-0 advantage heading into the third period. Curtis Hall then made it a 3-0 game with seven minutes remaining. Walker Duehr responded a minute and a half later to cut the lead to 3-1. Despite a Jake Jaremko goal with 22 seconds remaining to make it a 3-2 game, the Phantoms were able to hang on for the victory and move into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference. Ivan Kulbakov stopped 28 shots in the victory.
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.