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TEAM USA (U17)  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER 
Team USA salvaged a weekend split with a 3-1 road victory at Bloomington. The Thunder's Vladislav Dzhioshvili opened the scoring 3:28 into the game to give the home team a 1-0 lead, but goals by Joel Farabee and Jake Goldowski 58 seconds apart late in the period gave Team USA a 2-1 advantage after one period of play. After a scoreless middle frame, Oliver Wahlstrom added an empty net goal with just 45 seconds remaining in the contest to seal the win for Team USA. Jake Wise, Erik Middendorf and Ty Emberson all picked up an assist in the victory. Ryan Ullan earned his first career victory in USHL action with 27 saves on 28 shots.
LINCOLN STARS  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
After a Des Moines victory on Friday in the first half of the home-and-home, the Stars responded with a 3-2 win at Buccaneer Arena. The Buccaneers held a 2-0 lead midway through the second period thanks to a first period tally by Mario Ferraro and a Mark Senden goal at 9:27 of the middle frame, but Lincoln scored the final three goals of the game to pick up the come-from-behind win. Mike Gillespie cut the lead to 2-1 late in the second period, and Gustaf Westlund and Eero Teravainen both scored early in the final frame to give Lincoln the 3-2 win. Teravainen's goal was the game-winner and the first of his USHL career. Josef Korenar stopped 30 of 32 shots for his fourth victory of the season.
CHICAGO STEEL  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
With a 4-2 victory over Chicago, Green Bay has moved within three points of the Steel for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings. A Graham Lillibridge goal was the only tally of the opening period, and Chicago held a 1-0 lead heading into the second. Jack Badini doubled the lead at 11:58, but Alexis Binner responded for Green Bay just 30 seconds later to cut the Steel's advantage to 2-1. Josh Dunne followed up with a goal four minutes later to tie the game, and it was 2-2 heading into the final 20 minutes. John Leonard gave the Gamblers their first lead of the night three minutes into the third, and Brody Stevens' empty-netter with 33 seconds remaining iced the victory for Green Bay. Matt Berkovitz dished out a pair of assists, and Maksim Zhukov made 17 saves to move to 7-3-0-0 on the season.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS [4} at MADISON CAPITOLS  OT
The Capitols picked up victories in both of their games over the weekend courtesy of a 5-4 overtime victory over the Fighting Saints. Dubuque held a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes. Michael Boyle, Taylor Brierley and Zach Solow found the back of the net for the visitors, while Vincent de Mey and Kevin O'Neil tallied for Madison. Solow now sport an eight-game point streak, with 11 points (2G, 9A) in that span, while O'Neil stretched his point streak to five games, with two goals and three assists in that time. de Mey picked up his second of the game in the middle period, and Easton Brodzinski added his fourth of the weekend and 10th of the season to give the Capitols a 4-3 advantage heading into the third. Brodzinski now has seven goals in his last three games and is tied for second in the USHL in goals. Patrick Kudla tied the game with 4:10 remaining in regulation, and the game headed to overtime, where Nicholas Austin scored just 17 seconds into extra time to give Madison a 5-4 victory. Dryden McKay is now 6-2-0-0 thanks to a 36-save performance. The Capitols have picked up at least one point in each of their last three contests.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
Sioux City is now atop the USHL standings thanks to a 2-0 shutout and weekend sweep of the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Jacob Wilson gave the Musketeers a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. The middle frame ended without any scoring, and it remained a 1-0 Sioux City advantage heading into the final 20 minutes of play. Eeli Tolvanen added an empty-net goal with just 50 seconds left in the game to seal the victory for the Musketeers. Wilson added an assist on the tally to give him a pair of multiple-point efforts on the season. Matiss Kivlenieks stopped all 22 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season. He continues to lead the league with 12 victories in 15 appearances.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at TRI-CITY STORM 
The Phantoms earned the split with the Storm thanks to a 4-1 victory at the Viaero Center. Youngstown held a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes with goals from Michael Karow and Nicolas Werbik. Eric Esposito's first of the year made it 3-0 Phantoms before Charlie Kelleher cut the advantage to 3-1 heading into the third period. Werbik's second of the game, an empty-net goal, sealed the win for Youngstown. Ivan Kulbakov stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced to move to 7-4-1-1 on the season. The Phantoms are just two points out of fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
FARGO FORCE  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Fargo is now alone in third place in the Western Conference standings thanks to a 4-0 shutout of the Black Hawks. The Force jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than halfway through the first period thanks to a goal from Hank Crone and two from Evan Bell. The two teams played a scoreless middle frame, and Jack Adams league-leading 14th goal of the year early in the third period capped the scoring. With the goal, Adams extended his point streak to eight games, with 13 points (9G, 4A) in those contests. Bell (2G, 0A), Crone (1G, 1A) and Blake Lizotte (0G, 2A) all tallied multiple points, and Matthew Murray stopped all 29 shots he faced for second straight shutout and league-leading fourth 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.