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SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
In a battle of the top two teams in the USHL, a pair of second period goals led the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Steel to a 2-1 victory over the Western Conference-leading Sioux City Musketeers at Fox Valley Ice Arena. After a scoreless first period in which Chicago outshot Sioux City 11-7, the Steel got on the board midway through the second from courtesy of Jake Jaremko, with the assists going to Walker Duehr and Reggie Lutz. Lutz doubled the lead to 2-0 with just 12 seconds left in the period, with Duehr and Jaremko tallying the helpers on that goal. Despite a goal early in the third period from Sioux City's Phillip Knies, Chicago was able to hang on for the victory. Ales Stezka stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced to move to 13-4-0-3 on the season. The Steel now have a five-point lead ahead of the Musketeers atop the USHL standings. Chicago is also the first team this season to reach the 50-point mark.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Waterloo is now in a tie for third place in the Western Conference following a 4-2 home victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers. The Black Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period thanks to goals from Nick Swaney and Ethan Johnson. Mikey Anderson stretched the lead to 3-0 before Collin Rutherford got the Buccaneers on the board with just 41 seconds remaining in the second. David Keefer made it a 3-2 game midway through the third, but Waterloo sealed the victory with a Jackson Cates empty-net goal. Robbie Beydoun won his 14th game of the year with a 26-save performance.
FARGO FORCE  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE 
With their 5-3 road victory over the Sioux Falls Stampede, Fargo has now won their last four games and are alone in second place in the Western Conference standings. Goals from Evan Bell, Hank Crone and Charlie Dovorany gave the Force a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Grant Meyer made it a 4-0 game at 13:37 of the second, but Jack Doremus got Sioux Falls on the board late in the frame. Third period tallies from Jack Becker and Josh Passolt made it a 4-3 game, but an empty-net goal from Shane McMahan completed the scoring and gave Fargo the victory. Matthew Murray picked up his 16th win between the pipes by stopping 22 of the 25 shots he faced.