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YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at TEAM USA (U17) 
The first two periods between Youngstown and Team USA featured 36 shots, but both Ivan Kulbakov and Erik Gordon stood tall between the pipes for their respective teams, and it was a scoreless game heading into the third period. With just over five minutes to play in the contest, Jake Pivonka beat Kulbakov for his second goal of the season, a tally that ended up as the game-winner. Jake Goldowski and Mattias Samuelsson picked up the assists on Pivonka's goal, and Erik Gordon stopped all 31 shots he faced for his first career USHL win and shutout.
CHICAGO STEEEL  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
The Lumberjacks knocked off the USHL-leading Steel 3-1 to move into sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference. After a scoreless first period, Keeghan Howdeshell, who will be heading to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, scored his fifth of the year to get Muskegon on the board, and it was a 1-0 game heading into the final 20 minutes. Jachym Kondelik doubled his team's lead 1:21 into the frame before Tyler Gratton made it 2-1 with just over four minutes to play in the game. Chicago made a final push, but Howdeshell scored an empty-netter with six seconds left to seal the victory for Muskegon. Adam Brizgala stopped 39 of the 40 Chicago shots he faced for his seventh win of the season.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  SO
The Thunder erased a 4-2 third period deficit to come back and defeat Sioux Falls 5-4 in the shootout. The Stampede held a 3-0 lead 1:15 into the middle frame courtesy of Matt Quercia, Nolan Walker and Jack Doremus. Midway through the second, August von Ungern-Sternberg scored on a breakaway to make it 3-1, and Ethan Somoza cut the lead to one with just 52 seconds remaining in the period to make it a 3-2 game heading into the third. Jason O'Neill's 16th goal of the season 40 seconds into the final frame gave Sioux Falls another two-goal lead at 4-2, but Tarek Baker and Mitchell Chaffee were able to score later in the period to send the teams to overtime. After a scoreless extra frame, the teams needed an eight-round shootout, where Chaffee picked up the winner. Gabriel Mollot-Hill stopped 26 of the 30 shots he faced for his sixth win of the season.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  SO
Waterloo's Bailey Conger scored the only goal of the opening frame to give his team a 1-0 lead heading into the second. Jordan Timmons tied the game at one early in the period before Emil Ohrvall and Jake Ryczek gave the Black Hawks a 3-1 lead midway through the frame. The RoughRiders then responded with tallies from Jason Polin and Bobby Hampton to make it a 3-3 game going into the third. Ryczek scored his second of the game with 1:40 left in regulation to put Waterloo up 4-3, but Scott Perunovich tied the game with just 32 seconds left in the third to send the teams to overtime. The extra frame was scoreless, and both Polin and Timmons scored in the shootout to give the RoughRiders the win over their in-state rivals. Riese Zmolek dished out a pair of helpers, and Drew DeRidder made 23 saves in the win.
TRI-CITY STORM  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
Des Moines remains in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 victory over the Tri-City Storm. Cameron Orchard opened the scoring 1:47 into the second period to give the Buccaneers a 1-0 lead. It would remain that way until Danny DiGrande tied the game with just under two minutes left in the frame, and it was a 1-1 game heading into the third period. Matt Jones made it 2-1 seven and a half minutes into the final frame, and that tally held up as the game-winner. Jan Ruzicka made 21 saves on 22 shots and now sports an 11-5-0-3 record.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
A first period goal by Kevin O'Neil and a second period tally by Easton Brodzinski had Madison up 2-0 heading into the third period. Quinn Preston cut the lead in half at 2:22 of the final frame, but Billy Jerry gave Madison a two-goal lead once again at 3-1 under two minutes later. Colin Theisen then added a power play tally midway through the third to make it a 3-2 game. Zach Solow assisted on the goal to stretch his point streak to 18 games. That score would only last a few minutes, as Eetu Selanne made it 4-2 with his fourth goal of the season about five minutes later. Noah Weber dished out two assists, and Dryden McKay won his second straight start with a 24-save performance.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at FARGO FORCE 
Fargo earned a weekend split with Western Conference-leading Sioux City courtesy of a 4-1 victory at Scheels Arena. Hank Crone scored his 12th goal of the season with seven minutes remaining in the opening period, and it was a 1-0 game heading into the second. After Shane McMahan doubled the lead to 2-0 early in the frame, Crone scored his second of the game five minutes later to put the Force up 3-0. Phillip Knies' 10th of the season cut the lead to 3-1 heading into the third period, but Fargo's Mark Senden scored the only goal of the final frame. Blake Lizotte added his team leading 23rd and 24th assists of the season in the win, and Matt Murray stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced. The Force are now in a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference with 36 points (17-11-2-0).
OMAHA LANCERS  at LINCOLN STARS 
Goals from Henry Bowlby and Justin Richards put the Stars up 2-0 less than four minutes into the second period. After Austin Alger cut the lead in half midway through the second, Richards, Brandon Schultz and Gustaf Westlund all found the back of the net later in the period to make it a 5-1 game heading into the third period. Ethen Frank tallied twice in the final frame for Lincoln, while Jack Randl scored his fifth of the season for Omaha. Christian Evers and Brandon Schultz both tallied multiple assists, and Cayden Primeau made 26 saves on 28 shots in the win. Lincoln remains in a tie for second place in the Western Conference with 37 points (17-11-2-1).
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.