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MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at TEAM USA (U18) 
Team USA held a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Casey Gilling put Muskegon up 1-0 three minutes into the game, but Team USA took the lead following goals from Jacob Tortora, Josh Maniscalco and two from Max Gildon. Muskegon cut the lead to two at 5-3 through two periods, thanks to tallies from Andrei Svechnikov and Koby Bender and a Phil Kemp marker from Team USA. Svechnikov, who had three points on the night (1G, 2A) now sports a five-game goal streak and a league-high 11 game point streak. He has 19 points (9G, 10A) in those 11 games, and is now tied for sixth in the USHL in scoring with 20 points (9G, 11A). Team USA picked up a third period goal from Logan Cockerill and two from Brady Tkachuk, while Bo Hanson and Colby Bukes found the back of the net for Muskegon in the final frame. Quinn Hughes tallied five assists, Graham Slaggert added a pair of helpers, and Dylan St. Cyr made 27 saves for his third victory on the season.
CHICAGO STEEL  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
Chicago snapped their two-game losing streak and extended their lead atop the Western Conference standings with a 4-3 road victory at Cedar Rapids. Walker Duehr’s eighth of the year gave the Steel a 1-0 advantage four minutes into the opening period before Jakub Sirota and former Chicago forward Bobby Hampton gave the RoughRiders a 2-1 lead heading into the second period. Duehr’s second goal of the game was the only tally of the middle frame, and the two teams headed to the final frame even at two goals apiece. Marc Johnstone and Jack Badini gave Chicago a 4-2 advantage 2:13 into the third, and despite a late goal from Hampton, his second of the game, Chicago hung on for the victory. Tommy Nappier stopped 35 shots in the win and continues to sit in the top five among USHL goaltenders in both GAA (1.87) and SV% (.929).
BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  OT
Dubuque now has at least one point in their last four games following a 3-2 overtime victory over the Bloomington Thunder. Jeff Baum gave the Fighting Saints a 1-0 lead after one period of play. The Thunder took a 2-1 through 40 minutes thanks to tallies from August Von Ungern-Sternberg and captain Tarek Baker. Dubuque responded in the third period with an Austin Rueschhoff marker at 7:19 to tie the game at two, and the teams headed to overtime. Most of overtime came and went without a goal until Cole Guttman broke the tie with 45 seconds remaining in the extra session to give Dubuque the victory. Jaxon Castor moved his record to 9-6-1-1 with a 14-save performance.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at FARGO FORCE 
Sioux Falls and Fargo played a defensive first period, a frame in which the Stampede outshot the Force 8-5. Fargo took a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes of play thanks to second period goals from Hank Crone and Clayton Phillips. Austin Albrecht cut the lead to 2-1 five minutes into the third period, but Jack Adams added an empty net goal to seal the victory for Fargo. Adams now leads the league in both goals (15) and points (25). Crone and Adams had a goal and assist each, and Matthew Murray stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced for his seventh victory in his last ten starts.
TRI-CITY STORM  at LINCOLN STARS 
The Storm and Stars played to a 1-1 tie through one period of play thanks to goals from Sam Sternschein and Alex Limoges. Adam Goodsir then gave Tri-City a 2-1 advantage in the second period, and the visitors held a one-goal lead heading into the final frame. Lincoln then stormed back with three straight goals in the third period to take a 4-2 lead. Dylan Woolf’s first of the season tied the game, and Mike Gillespie and Ethen Frank scored 2:10 apart later in the frame to give Lincoln a two-goal advantage. Despite a Joseph Campolieto goal with just 45 seconds remaining, the Stars were able to hang on for the win. Cayden Primeau, who was named to the U.S. Junior Select Roster for the World Junior A Challenge, stopped 21 of 24 shots to pick up his fourth victory of the year.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  at OMAHA LANCERS 
A trio of second period goals helped the Des Moines Buccaneers knock off the Omaha Lancers at Ralston Arena. Mitch Perrault’s fourth goal of the year put Omaha up 1-0 through one period of play. Des Moines then took a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes thanks to goals from Reed Lebster, Cameron Orchard, and Kobe Roth. Lebster’s goal was the first of his USHL career. Mark Senden added his second goal of the season in the third period to complete the scoring. Jan Ruzicka made 14 saves on 15 shots to move to 7-4-0-1 on the season. The Buccaneers sit alone in fourth place in the Western Conference with 19 points (9-5-0-1).
MADISON CAPITOLS  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
Sioux City extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 4-2 home victory over the Madison Capitols. Those 10 straight victories are tied for the longest winning streak in the USHL this season. In the first period, Phillip Knies and Eeli Tolvanen scored for the Musketeers, while Mick Messner found the back of the net for the Capitols. After a scoreless middle frame, Tolvanen’s second goal of the game extended the Sioux City lead to 3-1 at 5:26 of the third period. Messner picked up his second of the night to once again cut the lead to one, but Cole Koepke added an empty net goal with 1:32 remaining to seal the victory for the Musketeers. Matt Hellickson dished out a pair of assists, and Ryan Ferland stopped 19 of the 21 shots that came his way for his second straight victory between the pipes.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Youngstown is now tied for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings following a 4-1 victory over the Green Bay Gamblers. Matt Jennings scored his third of the season 13:22 into the game to give Green Bay a 1-0 lead after one period of play. Chase Gresock, who had two goals in the victory, evened the score midway through the second, and the two teams headed to the final frame tied at one. The Phantoms pulled away with three goals in the third period, courtesy of Gresock, Ty Farmer and Coale Norris. Ivan Kulbakov was outstanding between the pipes, stopping 33 of 34 shots to improve to 8-4-1-1 on 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.