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TEAM USA (U17)  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER 
The Thunder are now winners of five straight thanks to a 6-2 victory over Team USA. Mitchell Mattson scored his third goal of the season to opening the scoring eight minutes into the first period. Daniel Willett and Ethan Somoza made it 3-0 in the second period before Oliver Wahlstrom and Tyler Weiss cut the lead to 3-2. Mattson responded just seven seconds after the Weiss tally to put the Thunder back up two goals heading into the third period. It was the Calgary Flames prospect’s first career multi-goal game, and he now has three goals in his last two games. August Von Ungern-Sternberg and Cameron Burke found the back of the net in the final frame. Mattson (2G, 0A), Von Ungern-Sternberg (1G, 1A) and Charlie Raith (0G, 2A) all tallied multiple points, and Logan Halladay made 19 saves for his fifth straight victory between the pipes. Bloomington sits just a single point out of the top four in the Eastern Conference with 18 points (8-6-2-0).
CHICAGO STEEL  at MADISON CAPITOLS 
Madison shut out the USHL-leading Steel for the second straight win in games between the two teams. One game after recording his first career hat trick, Easton Brodzinski followed it up with another three-goal performance to give Madison a 3-0 lead after one period of play. In the last two contests, the St. Cloud State commit has tripled his goal output from three to nine on the season. Alec Broetzman scored his third of the year in the final period. Recent Ohio State commit Eugene Fadyeyev dished out a pair of assists, and Dryden McKay stopped all 33 shots he faced for the first shutout of his USHL career.
FARGO FORCE  at OMAHA LANCERS 
The Force have won back-to-back games with to a 5-0 road victory over the Omaha Lancers. Fargo held a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes thanks to goals from Odeen Tufto, Martin Sundberg and Blake Lizotte. Lizotte added his third of the year in the second period to give his team a 4-0 advantage. Hank Crone capped the scoring with an empty net goal with 1:57 remaining in the game. Lizotte and Crone tallied a goal and assist each, and Matthew Murray made 33 saves for his third shutout of the season. The University of Massachusetts commit is now 8-5-0-0 on the season. The Force are now alone in fourth place in the Western Conference with 18 points (9-7-0-0).
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS [1} at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS [4}
The Musketeers extended their winning streak to eight games and remain on top in the Western Conference as they secured a 4-1 victory over Muskegon. Sioux City held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period thanks to newcomer Marcel Godbout’s first as a Musketeer and two from Kristian Pospisil. Godbout and Carson Vance assisted on both of Pospisil’s tallies. Andrei Svechnikov scored for Muskegon in the second period to extend his point streak to nine games. He has six goals and seven assists in that span. Phillip Knies sealed the victory with an empty net goal with just 19 seconds to play. Vance added his third assist of the game on the empty-netter. Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced for his league-leading 11th victory of the season.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS [3} at TRI-CITY STORM  OT
Tri-City held a 3-0 lead early in the second period thanks to a first period goal from Alex Limoges and tallies from Charlie Kelleher and Adam Goodsir in the middle frame. The Phantoms responded later in the second as Curtis Hall and Nicolas Werbik found the back of the net to make it a 3-2 game heading into the final 20 minutes of play. Youngstown managed to then tie the game with a Coale Norris goal early in the third period, and the two teams headed to overtime. Halfway through extra time, Limoges tallied his ninth of the season to give the Storm the victory. It was the Cornell commit’s second game-winning goal of the season. Wyatt Bongiovanni earned two assists, and Dayton Rasmussen made 34 saves to improve his record to 7-2-1-1.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  OT
After a scoreless opening period that saw only 15 combined shots between the two teams, Garrett Wait gave Waterloo a 1-0 early in the second. Matt Jennings and Jason Dhooghe then scored 2:04 apart to give the Gamblers a 2-1 lead. That score held until Mason Palmer’s first goal of the year made it a 2-2 game with just 30 seconds remaining in the period, and the teams were even heading into the final frame. After a scoreless third period, the game headed to overtime, where Nick Swaney scored his third game-winning goal of the year to give the Black Hawks the win. Swaney (1G, 1A) and Mikey Anderson (0G, 2A) tallied multiple points, and Robbie Beydoun turned 24 of the 26 shots he faced aside for his sixth win of the year. Waterloo remains alone in second place in the Western Conference.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
First period tallies from Zach Solow, Colin Theisen and Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup gave the Fighting Saints a 3-0 advantage after 20 minutes. Solow added an assist on Theisen’s goal and now sports a seven-game point streak, with 10 points (1G, 9A) in that span. Quinn Preston then added a goal in the middle frame to stretch his team’s lead to four. 11 Dubuque players tallied at least one point in the win, and Jaxon Castor has now won his third straight game in goal. The Arizona State commit stopped all 21 shots he faced to give him back-to-back shutouts and move his record to 8-6-0-1 on the season. Dubuque has now won four of their last five games.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS [3} at LINCOLN STARS [0}
Colin Ugbekile opened the scoring midway through the first period to give the Buccaneers a 1-0 lead. Des Moines then doubled the lead early in the second period thanks to Cameron Orchard’s fifth tally on the season. David Keefer finished the scoring with an empty net goal with 1:32 remaining in the game, and Des Moines completed the 3-0 victory in a game where both teams were held under 30 shots on goal. Mario Ferraro and Mark Senden dished out one assist each, and Nick MacNab picked up his first shutout of the season with a 22-save performance. The Buccaneers sit alone in third place in the Western Conference.
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.