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CHICAGO STEEL  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
Two goals in both the second and third periods were the difference in the game as the Chicago Steel knocked off the Muskegon Lumberjacks 5-1 at L.C. Walker Arena. Derek Daschke scored the first goal of the game against his former team to put Chicago up 1-0 midway through the first. Anthony Del Gaizo responded with his fourth of the season to tie the game about four minutes later, and it was 1-1 heading into the middle frame. Eduards Tralmaks scored twice on the power play in the second, with assists coming to Graham Lillibridge and Baker Shore on both tallies. Lillibridge dished out three assists in the game. Reggie Lutz and Corson Green scored in the third period, both of those also coming on the man advantage. Chicago finished 4/7 on the power play in the game. Peter Thome made his Chicago Steel debut and picked up the win with a 29-save performance. Chicago is five points ahead of Dubuque for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  SO
The Phantoms earned their 15th victory of the season with a 4-3 shootout win and weekend road sweep of the Des Moines Buccaneers. It was a 1-1 game through 20 minutes. with Reed Lebster scoring for Des Moines and Brett Murray finding the back of the net for Youngstown. The teams then traded two goals each in the second period. Lebster and David Keefer tallied for the Buccaneers, while Coale Norris and Curtis Hall scored for Youngstown. With the goal, Hall extended his point streak to four games. After a scoreless final frame, the teams headed to overtime deadlocked at three. The extra period solved nothing, and the game went to a shootout, where Murray and Hall scored for the Phantoms to give them the 4-3 victory. Ivan Kulbakov made 28 saves for his 12th victory of the season.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
The Gamblers picked up a 3-2 victory over Cedar Rapids to earn the weekend sweep of the RoughRiders. With the win, Green Bay moved back into fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Brock Caufield scored the only goal of the first period to give Green Bay a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. Dante Palecco stretched the lead to 3-0 with a pair of goals 1:24 apart in the middle frame. Zac Robbins and Liam Walsh scored late in the period to cut the Gamblers advantage to 3-2 heading into the third period, but that's as close as the RoughRiders got, as Green Bay was able to hold on in the third period to pick up the victory. Connor Mackey added two more assists to move his weekend total to four, and David Hrenak made 19 saves in the win.
TRI-CITY STORM  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
Dubuque salvaged a weekend split with a 4-2 home victory over the Tri-City Storm. After Austin Rueschhoff put Dubuque up 1-0, Philip Alftberg tied the game for the Storm, and it was 1-1 heading into the second. Colin Theisen and Quinn Preston made it a 3-1 Fighting Saints lead before Montgomery Graham cut the lead to 3-2 going into the final frame. Preston added his second of the game in the third period to complete the scoring. He picked up his first career USHL game-winning goal and multi-goal game in the win. Jaxon Castor made 21 saves on 23 shots and has not lost back-to-back starts in either November or December. With the victory, Dubuque remains alone in second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at FARGO FORCE  OT
Waterloo overcame deficits of 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 to come back and defeat Fargo 5-4 in overtime at Scheels Arena. The Black Hawks held a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes thanks to Michael Zuffante's first goal of his USHL career. The Force then took a 2-1 lead in the second period with tallies from Grant Meyer and Jack Adams before Ethan Johnson tied the game at two. It remained a 2-2 game until Brian Hurley scored on the power play with just 47 seconds remaining in the frame to put Fargo up 3-2 going into the third period. Midway through the final frame, Johnson scored his second of the game to once again even the score, this time at 3-3. Michael Graham gave Fargo the lead once more four minutes later, but Hank Sorensen's third of the season with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation made it 4-4, and the teams headed to overtime. Adams, Graham, and Shane McMahan all had multi-point nights for Fargo. With just 32 seconds left in the extra frame, Bailey Conger gave the Black Hawks the victory with his sixth goal of the season. Robbie Beydoun stopped a season-high 40 shots for Waterloo in the win.
OMAHA LANCERS  at LINCOLN STARS 
The Stars picked up their sixth straight victory with a 5-1 win over in-state rival Omaha at the Ice Box. After Austin Alger put the Lancers up 1-0 with his ninth goal of the season to extend his point streak to seven games. Lincoln responded with three goals in 4:05 to take a 3-1 lead into the second period. Dylan Woolf, Casey Dornbach and Sam Sternschein all found the back of the net for the Stars in the opening frame. Sternschein's second of the game made it 4-1 through 40 minutes, and Kyle Kawamura capped off the scoring with just one second left in the game. It was Sternschein's first USHL multi-goal game. Gustaf Westlund dished out three assists, and Derek Schaedig remains a perfect 4-0-0-0 with a 26-save outing. The Stars are still tied for second place in the Western Conference standings with 31 points (15-9-0-1).
TEAM USA (U18)  at MADISON CAPITOLS 
Scott Reedy picked up his first career USHL hat trick to lead Team USA to a 7-5 victory over the Madison Capitols. Team USA held a 3-1 lead through 20 minutes with goals from Reedy, Jacob Tortora and Sean Dhooghe. Easton Brodzinski scored the lone opening frame goal for Madison. The Capitols tied the game in the second period with Kevin O'Neil and Kasey Fitzjerrells finding the back of the net, but Reedy, Dhooghe and Max Gildon all scored before the end of the frame to give Team USA a 6-3 lead going into the third. Fitzjerrells' goal was the first of his USHL career. O'Neil and Eugene Fadyeyev cut the advantage to 6-5 late in the game, but Reedy completed the hat trick with an empty net goal with just 29 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Team USA. Evan Barratt and David Farrance tallied two assists each, and Dylan St. Cyr made 30 saves for his sixth win of the season.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
Sioux Falls went into Sioux City and defeated the Western Conference-leading Musketeers 3-1 at Tyson Events Center. Jason O'Neill's fourth goal in as many games gave the Stampede a 1-0 lead before Connor McMenamin tied the game late in the first. After a scoreless second period, the two teams headed to the final frame still deadlocked at one. Justin Wells' first of the season gave Sioux Falls the lead, and Paul DeNaples added an empty-netter to seal the victory for the Stampede. Jeremy Swayman made 26 saves to earn his fourth win 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.