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YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at TEAM USA (U18) 
The Phantoms have now won six of their last seven games thanks to a 3-1 win over Team USA at the Covelli Centre on Saturday afternoon. Evan Wisocky opened the scoring late in the first period to give Youngstown a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Midway through the second, Evan Barratt evened the score with his fourth goal of the season, and it was a 1-1 game heading into the final frame. Nicolas Werbik scored his team-leading 11th goal of the year to give the Phantoms a 2-1 lead, and Coale Norris added an empty net goal to seal the victory for Youngstown. Ivan Kulbakov made 16 saves to move to 13-5-2-1 on the season. The Phantoms are now alone in second place in the Eastern Conference.
LINCOLN STARS  at TRI-CITY STORM 
The Stars sit just a single point out of the top half of the Western Conference courtesy of a 3-2 win over in-state rival Tri-City. After Dominick Mersch gave Lincoln a 1-0 lead late in the first period, Jace Foskey scored the first goal of his USHL career three minutes later to make it a 1-1 game heading into the second period. In the middle frame, Charlie Kelleher put Tri-City up 2-1 before Sam Sternschein and Jake Nielsen found the back of the net 2:46 apart to take a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes. The Stars would hold onto that lead for the remaining 20 minutes of play. After Cayden Primeau stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in 33 minutes, he was replaced by Josef Korenar, who made 11 saves on 11 shots in relief.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Green Bay put up 40 shots on goal en route to a 5-0 shutout over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Jared Spooner opened the scoring on the power play with his 10th goal on the season. The Gamblers lead all USHL teams with a 26.1% conversion rate on the man advantage. They stretched the lead to 4-0 in the second period courtesy of Brody Stevens, Josh Dunne and John Leonard. Dunne added his second of the game and seventh of the season in the final frame to complete the scoring. All the goals scorers tallied at least one assist, including Stevens, who dished out two helpers. Maksim Zhukov stopped all 21 shots he faced for his 10th win and second shutout of the season.
FARGO FORCE  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  OT
The Stampede knocked off the Force via a 3-2 overtime victory at the PREMIER Center. Sioux Falls jumped out to a 1-0 lead with under a minute remaining in the first period with Max Johnson's sixth goal of the season. Fargo tied the game midway through the second with Odeen Tufto's fifth goal of the season, but Jason O'Neill gave the Stampede the lead once more just under three minutes later. It remained a 2-1 game until early in the third period, when Clayton Phillips evened the score with his fourth goal of the season to send the teams to overtime. In the extra session, O'Neill scored his second of the game and 14th of the year to give Sioux Falls the victory. Josh Passolt added a pair of assists, and Mikhail Berdin made 24 saves for his eighth victory of the season. Despite the loss, Fargo has earned at least one point in each of their last six contests.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
The Black Hawks remain in a tie for second place in the Western Conference with a 6-2 home victory over the Madison Capitols. Shane Bowers scored the only goal of the first period to put Waterloo up 1-0 through 20 minutes. After Eetu Selanne tied the game at 6:37 of the second period, Ben Copeland, Nick Swaney and Garrett Wait all found the back of the net to give the Black Hawks a 4-1 win through 40 minutes. In the final frame, Grant Gabriele and Garrett Klee scored for Waterloo, while Cole Hults scored for Madison. Swaney, Ace Cowans and Jack Drury all dished out two assists, and Robbie Beydoun made 25 saves for his 12th victory of the season.
CHICAGO STEEL  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  SO
The Thunder won their second straight matchup in the I-55 Rivalry with a 5-4 shootout victory over in-state rival Chicago. Reggie Lutz scored the only goal of the opening period to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. The middle frame featured five goals, three of which from Chicago, to give the Steel a 4-2 lead through 40 minutes. Lutz, Mitch Lewandowski and Johnny Walker tallied for Chicago, while Vladislav Dzhioshvili and Wyatt Kalynuk scored for the Thunder. Bloomington then scored twice in the third period thanks to Marko Reifenberger and Griffin Lunn to tie the game and send it to overtime. After a scoreless extra frame, the teams headed to a shootout, where Dzhioshvili and Jake Durflinger scored to give the Thunder the victory. Kalynuk and Tarek Baker added two assists each, and Gabriel Mollot-Hill made 20 of 24 saves to pick up the victory.
OMAHA LANCERS  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  SO
Omaha edged Western Conference-leading Sioux City 5-4 in a shootout at Tyson Events Center. The game was tied at one after 20 minutes with Marcel Godbout scoring for the Musketeers and Derek Hamelin finding the back of the net for the Lancers. Greg Printz and Filip Rydstrom scored for Omaha in the middle frame, while Phillip Knies tallied for the Musketeers, and the Lancers held a 3-2 lead through two periods. In the final frame, Kristian Pospisil and Connor McMenamin tied the game after Omaha's Connor Marshall made it 4-2 less than five minutes into the third. The two teams played a scoreless overtime period, and Austin Alger scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Lancers the win. Tommy Nappier made 34 saves on 38 shots for his 12th victory 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.