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TEAM EAST  at TEAM WEST 
Goaltending stole the show at the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, as Dayton Rasmussen (Tri-City Storm), Cayden Primeau (Lincoln Stars) and Keith Petruzzelli (Muskegon Lumberjacks) all stopped every shot they faced in a 4-0 Team West win over Team East in front of a game-record 8,133 fans at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
Team West jumped out to a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Nick Swaney (Waterloo Black Hawks) found the back of the net with a beautiful shot over the shoulder of Maksim Zhukov (Green Bay Gamblers) to open the scoring 4:06 into the game. 1:17 later, a John St. Ivany (Sioux Falls Stampede) shot deflected off the stick of Paul Washe (Tri City Storm) in front of the net to double Team West's advantage. Greg Printz (Omaha Lancers) picked up the secondary assist on Washe's tally. Washe then scored his second of the night 7:50 in the middle frame stretched the lead to 3-0 courtesy of helpers from Mario Ferraro (Des Moines Buccaneers) and Matt Quercia (Sioux Falls Stampede). Quercia added his second point of the game, an empty net goal with 1:54 remaining in the game, to give Team West a 4-0 advantage and complete the scoring.
Rasmussen started between the pipes for Team West and stopped all 14 shots he faced in 31:33 of work. Primeau relieved the University of Denver commit midway through the second period and turned all 11 shots he saw aside to help lead Team West to the first shutout in USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game history. The duo became the sixth and seventh goaltenders in game history to stop every shot they faced. Petruzzelli relieved Zhukov, who made 11 saves in 31:33 of action, midway through the second period and stopped all 21 shots he faced, becoming the eighth goaltender in game history to do so.
Following his perfect performance, Petruzzelli was named Team East MVP, making him the first goaltender in the history of the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game to win a team MVP award. Washe was named Team West MVP with his two-goal performance. Team East now holds a 3-2-0-0 record all-time at the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
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.
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