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MADISON CAPITOLS  at TEAM USA (U18) 
Team USA earned the split with Madison following a 4-1 victory. Team USA scored twice in both the first and third periods. Jordan Seyfert and Brady Tkachuk found the back of the net in the opening frame. The Capitols’ Marshall Moise cut the lead in half midway through the second period, and Madison was down only 2-1 heading into the final 20 minutes. Goals from Josh Norris and Quinn Hughes secured the Team USA victory and the weekend split. Dylan St. Cyr stopped 20 of 21 shots for his second win of the season.
BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
The Thunder are now winners of four straight games following a 4-1 victory and weekend sweep of the Youngstown Phantoms. Bloomington jumped out to a 3-0 lead nine minutes into the game thanks to goals from Griffin Lunn, Cameron Burke and Calgary Flames prospect Mitchell Mattson. Youngstown’s Dominick Dockery cut the lead to 3-1 heading into the second, but Ben Mirageas scored the first goal of his USHL career to give the visitors a 4-1 lead, a lead they would hang on to for the remainder of the game. Logan Halladay earned his fourth straight victory between the pipes by stopping 27 of 28 Phantoms shots.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
Muskegon is now in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference standings following a 4-2 victory over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Jason Polin’s second goal on the weekend put Cedar Rapids up 1-0 just 62 seconds into the game. That score held until late in the second when Anthony Del Gaizo made it a 1-1 game with just over two minutes to play in the middle frame. The RoughRiders responded with a goal from Steven Agriogianis, the first of his USHL career, with just five seconds remaining in the period to take a 2-1 lead into the third period. The Lumberjacks dominated the final frame, scoring three times thanks to Andrei Svechnikov, Bo Hanson and Matt Steeves to rally and earn the victory. For Svechnikov, it was his first game for the Lumberjacks since returning from leading the World U17 Hockey Challenge in scoring. With the goal, he extended his USHL point streak to seven games, with nine points (4G, 5A) in that span. Hanson also dished out a pair of helpers and is now tied for the USHL scoring lead among defensemen with 13 points (2G, 11A) in 15 games. Adam Brizgala picked up his third victory of the season with a 35-save performance.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
Chicago has now won two games in a row thanks to a 5-3 victory over Waterloo, a team that came into the night tied for the lead in the Western Conference. The Steel held a 2-0 advantage though 20 minutes of play thanks to tallies from Eduards Tralmaks and Matt Kiersted. Hank Sorensen’s first of the season cut the Chicago lead to 2-1 in the second, but Johnny Walker and Jake Jaremko scored in the final 1:13 of the period to give Chicago a 4-1 lead heading into the final frame. Walker’s goal was his tenth of the season, making him the second player this season to reach the double-digit mark in goals. Jack Badini made it 5-1 Steel just 21 seconds into the final period. Despite late goals from Bailey Conger and Shane Bowers, Chicago hung on for the 5-3 victory to win both of their games on the weekend. Kiersted added a pair of assists, and Ales Stezka turned 26 shots aside to move to 5-1-0-1 on the season. The Steel remain on top of the USHL standings.
TRI-CITY STORM  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
The Musketeers are winners of seven in a row and sit alone atop the Western Conference following a 3-2 home victory over the Tri-City Storm. Brian Rigali opened the scoring 5:18 into the game, but Charlie Kelleher responded just 46 seconds later to tie the game at one. CJ Dodero scored with just over five minutes remaining in the opening frame, and the Musketeers held a 2-1 advantage through 20 minutes. Matt Hellickson tallied the only goal of the second period to make it a 3-1 score heading into the third. Despite a Danny DiGrande goal to cut the lead to 3-2, Sioux City was able to hang on for the victory. Mattis Kivlenieks made 25 saves in the win and is now 10-2-1-0 on the season. The Minnesota State University, Mankato commit is the first netminder this season to reach double digits in wins.
FARGO FORCE  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
Fargo salvaged a weekend split with the Buccaneers thanks to a 3-1 victory in Des Moines. Julian Napravnik and Martin Sundberg scored for their respective teams to make it a 1-1 game heading into the second period. Matthew Cairns added a goal in the middle frame to give the visitors the lead heading into the final 20 minutes. The score remained 2-1 until Odeen Tufto added an empty-netter to seal the victory for Fargo. Ryan Bischel stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced to earn his first career USHL win. The Force now sit alone in fourth place in the Western Conference with 16 points (8-7-0-0).
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
David Brumm scored the only goal of the game as Dubuque, despite being outshot 30-17, picked up the weekend sweep of the Green Bay Gamblers. The Fighting Saints now sit alone in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 17 points (8-6-0-1). After a scoreless first period that saw Green Bay hold a 14-2 advantage in shots, Brumm broke the tie with just five minutes remaining in the second. The Gamblers outshot Dubuque 14-3 in the third period but could not solve Jaxon Castor, who stopped all 30 shots he faced for his second straight victory and second shutout of the season.
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.