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Bloomington Thunder  at Team USA (U18) 
A pair of goals in both the first and seconds periods lead Team USA to a 4-1 home victory over the Bloomington Thunder. Team USA jumped out to a 2-0 lead nine minutes into the game thanks to tallies from Josh Norris and David Farrance. Cameron Burke cut the lead in half with 10 seconds remaining in the period, and it was a 2-1 game heading to the middle frame. Team USA opened the second period with two goals in the first three minutes, with Sean Dhooghe and Evan Barratt both scoring their second goals of the season. Dylan St. Cyr stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced to move to 5-1-1-0 on the season.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
The Phantoms are alone in fourth place in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 2-1 victory and a weekend sweep over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Chase Gresock tallied the only goal of the opening period to give Youngstown a 1-0 lead. He added he second of the game and seventh of the season eight minutes into the middle frame to double his team's lead to 2-0. Steven Agriogianis scored his second goal of the season eight minutes later, but the RoughRiders were unable to solve Britt League the rest of the way. The Carolina Jr. Hurricanes product made 21 saves on 22 shots for his second victory in as many starts this season.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Madison salvaged a weekend split with in-state rival Green Bay courtesy of a 5-2 victory at Resch Center. Brock Caufield's third goal of the year 2:20 into the game put Green Bay up 1-0, but Eugene Fadyeyev evened the score six minutes later. It remained a 1-1 game until Philip Nyberg found the back of the net seven minutes into the second period to put the Capitols up 2-1 heading into the final frame. Two minutes into the third, Kamil Sadlocha doubled Madison's lead to 3-1. Green Bay cut the advantage to one with a Jared Spooner power play goal, but Madison added late goals from Fadyeyev and Alec Broetzman to seal the victory. Kevin O'Neil dished out a pair of assists, and Dryden McKay made 32 saves to pick up the win over his former team.
LINCOLN STARS  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
The Stars are winners of four straight games thanks to a 4-3 road victory over the top team in the Western Conference, the Sioux City Musketeers. Henry Bowlby picked up his team-leading 10th goal of the season to give Lincoln the lead early in the first period, but Eeli Tolvanen responded five minutes later to tie the game heading into the second. Phillip Knies scored on the power play to put Sioux City up 2-1, but Dylan Woolf responded on the man advantage to even the score going into the final frame. Goals by Cole Krygier and Casey Dornbach put Lincoln up 4-2, and despite Tolvanen's second of the game and league-leading 16th goal of the year, the Stars hung on for the victory. Tolvanen is now tied for the league lead in points with 27 (16G, 11A). Justin Richards picked up two helpers, and Derek Schaedig stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced for his second victory in as many USHL starts. Lincoln is now just two points behind Waterloo for second place in the West.
OMAHA LANCERS  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE 
Omaha scored three unanswered goals in the second period to come back and knock off Sioux Falls 3-2 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. The Stampede held a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes. Matthew Quercia's third goal of the season opening the scoring, and Jack Doremus tallied a shorthanded goal four minutes later to double the lead. Austin Alger made it a 2-1 game five minutes into the second. Lancers captain Filip Rydstrom added his third goal of the weekend just 30 seconds later to tie the game. Omaha then took the lead at the 14-minute mark of the frame with Alger's second of the game and eighth of the season. Tommy Nappier has now won three straight starts thanks to a 25-save outing. The Lancers are now just three points out of the top-four in the Western Conference.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  at TRI-CITY STORM 
A late third period goal by Kobe Roth was the only scoring of the game in a 1-0 Des Moines road win at Tri-City. It was a tight-checking, defensive battle, with only 44 combined shots between the two sides. The first two periods went by without either side finding the back of the net, with Des Moines holding a 16-10 advantage in shots through 40 minutes. Most of the third period was scoreless as well until Roth scored his seventh goal of the season with just four minutes remaining in the game to lead the Buccaneers to victory. David Keefer added his 10th assist of the year on Roth's tally, and Nick MacNab stopped all 18 shots he faced for his fifth win and second shutout of the season. Des Moines is now all alone in third place in the Western Conference and just one point out of the second spot.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
The Fighting Saints scored once in every period to knock off in-state rival Waterloo 3-2 at Young Arena. Alex Steeves put Dubuque up 1-0 through 20 minutes with his second goal of the season. Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup doubled the lead early in the second period, and the Fighting Saints held that 2-0 advantage going into the final frame. Regen Cavanagh scored in the third for Dubuque, and despite third period tallies from Waterloo's Bailey Conger and Kevin Charyszyn, the visitors hung on for the 3-2 win and are now 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 games. Jaxon Castor picked up his fifth straight victory between the pipes with a 23-save performance. The Fighting Saints are alone in second place in the Eastern Conference standings with 32 points (15-7-1-1).
FARGO FORCE  at CHICAGO STEEL  SO
Fargo managed a weekend split with the USHL-leading Chicago Steel thanks to a 4-3 shootout victory at Fox Valley Ice Arena. The first period features no goals and only 12 combined shots between the two sides. Chicago jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the second thanks to tallies from Jack Badini and captain Marc Johnstone. Odeen Tufto responded for the Force with just 20 seconds remaining in the frame, and it was a 2-1 Steel lead at the start of the final frame. Goals by Charlie Dovorany and Michael Graham put Fargo up 3-2 eight minutes into the third, but Corson Green tied the game five minutes later, and the teams headed to overtime. Dovorany's goal was the first of his USHL career. After an exciting, but scoreless, seven minute overtime, the Force and Steel headed to a shootout. Tufto and Graham both scored in the shootout to give Fargo the win. Former Chicago forward Christiano Versich picked up two assists against his old team, and Matthew Murray made 22 saves for his 11th victory of the season. With the victory, Fargo is just one point out of the top-four 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.