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GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at TEAM USA (U18) 
Team USA held a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes of play courtesy of goals from Phil Kemp and Sean Dhooghe. Josh Kosack found the back of the net for the Gamblers in the opening frame. Team USA stretched the lead to 3-1 in the second period with Josh Norris's fifth goal of the season, a shorthanded marker set up by a beautiful pass from goaltender Dylan St. Cyr. Grant Mismash and Brady Tkachuk scored in the third to complete the scoring and give Team USA the 5-1 victory. Tkachuk added a pair of assists, and St. Cyr made 24 saves on 25 Green Bay shots to move to 7-2-0-1 on the season.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  OT
Sioux City remains atop the Western Conference by five points thanks to a 2-1 overtime win on the road over the Youngstown Phantoms. Sampo Ranta, playing in just in fourth USHL game, opened the scoring 5:25 into the contest. It was the first goal of the University of Wisconsin commit's USHL career. The Phantoms tied the game midway through the second period courtesy of Tommy Apap. It was also Apap's first goal of his USHL career. After a scoreless third period, the teams headed to overtime, where Kristian Pospisil scored 27 seconds into the extra session to give Sioux City the victory. Eeli Tolvanen, playing in his first USHL game since returning from representing Finland at the World Junior Championship, added his 12th helper of the year in the win, and Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced for his league-leading 18th victory of the season.
TRI-CITY STORM  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  OT
In just the fifth-ever meeting between the two teams, the Thunder knocked off the Storm 3-2 in overtime at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Tri-City was up 2-0 9:36 into the game with goals from Linus Weissbach and Adam Goodsir, who was fresh off representing his team at the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Tuesday night. Calgary Flames prospect Mitchell Mattson scored late in the period for Bloomington, and it was a 2-1 game heading into the second. Early in the middle frame, Thunder captain Tarek Baker's 10th of the season evened the score at two. The score remained tied through the rest of the second period and all of the third, sending the sides to overtime. Halfway through the extra session, Vladislav Dzhioshivili scored to give Bloomington the win. The goal was his 11th of the season. Logan Halladay made 21 saves in the victory and now sports a 9-7-0-0 record.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
Two goals in each period spurred the Fighting Saints to a 6-2 road victory over in-state rival Cedar Rapids. Cole Guttman scored both goals of the opening frame to give Dubuque a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes. He now sports an eight-game point streak, with 13 points (8G, 5A) in that stretch. Zach Solow assisted on both of Guttman's tallies to extend his point streak to 19 games, with 31 points (6G, 25A) in that span. Both teams scored twice in the middle 20 minutes - Jakub Sirota and Dalton Messina for the RoughRiders, and Jacob Hamacher and Colin Theisen for the Fighting Saints. Solow added his third helper of the night on the goal by Theisen, who has a five-game goal streak and seven-game point streak of his own. In those seven games, the Dartmouth commit has tallied 10 goals (8G, 2A). David Brumm made it a 5-2 game 6:23 into the third period, and Guttman completed the hat trick with just over nine minutes to play in the game. The St. Cloud commit now has 13 goals on the season. Patrick Kudla dished out a pair of assists, and Evan Fear made 21 saves in the win that puts Dubuque just four points behind the Chicago Steel for the top spot in the USHL standings.
LINCOLN STARS  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  OT
Both teams scored once in every period in regulation, and the Buccaneers found the back of the net in overtime to earn a 4-3 home victory over the Lincoln Stars. Brandon Schultz got Lincoln on the board first midway through the opening period, but Des Moines' Matt Jones even the score with just 47 seconds remaining in the frame. The Buccaneers took a 2-1 lead four minutes into the second period with an Eric Otto tally before Sam Sternschein scored his fourth goal in his last three games to make it a 2-2 game heading into the third period. He now sports a seven-game point streak, with 11 points (8G, 3A) in those contests. David Keefer broke the tie at 12:24 of the final frame to put Des Moines up 3-2, but Sternschein evened the score again with just 1:19 remaining in regulation to send the teams to overtime. In the extra session, Julian Napravnik scored thanks to assists from Mario Ferraro and Christopher Berger to give the Buccaneers the victory. Ferraro dished out a pair of assists, and Jan Ruzicka made 27 saves in the win. Des Moines now sits alone in second place in the Western Conference with 39 points (18-9-1-2).
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at MADISON CAPITOLS 
Madison has now won three straight games courtesy of a 5-4 home victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Andrei Svechnikov gave the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead midway through the first period before Alec Broetzman tied the game just two minutes later. Muskegon held a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes with goals from Bo Hanson and Marc Del Gaizo. Kasey Fitzjerrells scored the lone Capitols goal in the middle frame. In the third period, Svechnikov scored his second goal of the night to make it a 4-2 game. He now leads all USHL rookies with 30 points (14G, 16A) in 23 games. Madison then responded with three goals in the last 14 minutes of regulation to come back and steal a 5-4 victory. Keegan Ford's first of the year cut the lead to 4-3, Kevin O'Neil tied the game with just under six minutes left, and Eetu Selanne scored the game winner with just 90 seconds remaining in the contest. Cole Hults added a pair of assists, and Dryden McKay made 31 saves on 35 shots in the victory.
FARGO FORCE  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE 
Two third period goals were the difference in the game as Fargo knocked off the Sioux Falls Stampede 3-1 at the PREMIER Center. Alex Stevens and Blake Lizotte scored for their respective teams in the first period, and it was a 1-1 game heading into the second period. After a scoreless middle frame, Jacob Paganelli broke the tie and put Fargo up 2-1 with his eighth of the season at 9:29. The score remained that way until Jack Adams' league-leading 19th goal of the season, an empty netter, sealed the victory for the Force. Lizotte and Adams assisted on each other's goals, and Matthew Murray stopped 29 of the 30 Sioux Falls shots he faced in the win. Fargo now sits in a tie for third place in the Western Conference with 38 points (18-11-2-0).
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at OMAHA LANCERS  OT
Waterloo sits with Fargo in a tie for third place in the Western Conference thanks to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Omaha Lancers at Ralston Arena. Filip Rydstrom scored the only goal of the first period to give the Lancers a 1-0 lead. The Black Hawks responded with an Emil Ohrvall tally with just over five minutes left in the second period to tie the game at one. After a scoreless final 20 minutes, Kevin Charyszyn scored his second overtime winner of the season to give Waterloo the 2-1 victory. Robbie Beydoun made 21 saves on 22 shots in the victory for his 13th win of the year.