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MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  OT
The Phantoms picked up a 3-2 overtime victory over the Lumberjacks to move into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference standings. The opening 20 minutes were scoreless, with Muskegon outshooting Youngstown 8-7 in the frame. The Lumberjacks opened the scoring early in the second period with Will Smith's fifth goal of the season. 10 minutes later, the Phantoms converted on the power play courtesy of Alex Esposito, and it was a 1-1 game heading to the third period. Curtis Hall put Youngstown up 2-1 at 2:14 of the final frame, and the score remained the same until Andrei Svechnikov, playing in first USHL game since representing Russia at the World Junior A Challenge, tied the game on the power play with just 42 seconds remaining in regulation to send the teams to overtime. In the extra frame, Austin Pooley tallied his eighth goal of the season to give the Phantoms the victory. Brandon Estes dished out a pair of assists, and Britt League made 27 saves on 28 shots to move to 3-0-0-0 on the season. Youngstown has now picked up at least one point in each of their last six games and is 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 contests.
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.