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GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
Muskegon is now alone in third place in the Eastern Conference following a 7-4 home victory over the Green Bay Gamblers. Andrei Svechnikov and Matt Steeves gave the Lumberjacks a 2-0 lead 13:10 into the game before Brody Stevens' ninth goal of the season made it a 2-1 game heading into the second period. Both teams scored three times in the second period. Svechnikov, Steeves and Collin Adams found the back of the net for Muskegon, while Josh Dunne, Dante Palecco and Josh Kosack tallied for Green Bay, and it was 5-4 at the start of the final frame. Casey Gilling scored a highlight-reel goal to make it 6-4 in favor of Muskegon, and Garrett Van Wyhe added an empty-net goal to finish the scoring. Adams, Marc Del Gaizo and Bo Hanson all dished out multiple assists, and Adam Brizgala stopped 31 shots for his fourth straight victory between the pipes.
TEAM USA (U18)  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
Three goals in both the second and third periods gave the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders a 6-3 victory over Team USA. Team USA held a 2-0 lead through one courtesy of Brady Tkachuk and Evan Barratt, but Grant Loven, Bobby Hampton and Jordan Timmons all found the back of the net in the second period to give Cedar Rapids a 3-2 leading going into the third. Dalton Messina made it 4-2 late in the third, and Jason Polin extended the lead to three with an empty-net goal just 24 seconds later. 42 seconds after Polin's goal, Grant Mismash tallied his second of the year to make it 5-3, but TJ Walsh added an empty-netter of his own just 56 seconds later to complete the scoring. Riese Zmolek dished out two assists, and Drew DeRidder made 37 saves on 40 shots to pick up the win.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
Madison's Easton Brodzinski gave his team a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game with his team-leading 14th goal of the season. Brannon McManus responded late in the frame for Chicago, and it was a 1-1 game at the start of the second. Alec Broetzman and Kamil Sadlocha put the Capitols up 3-1 before McManus's second of the game cut the lead to 3-2 at 14:20 of the middle frame. Madison responded again with Anthony Callin's first goal of the season with just 41 seconds left in the period to make it 4-2 going into the final 20 minutes. The Capitols were able to hang onto that lead for the remainder of the game to pick up the victory. Dryden McKay was outstanding in goal for Madison, turning 40 of the 42 Chicago shots he faced assist for his 12th victory of the season.
LINCOLN STARS  at FARGO FORCE 
Fargo has won their last five games and remains alone in second place in the Western Conference courtesy of a 4-1 home victory over the Lincoln Stars. Mark Senden scored the only goal of the first period to put the Force up 1-0 after 20 minutes. Jacob Paganelli and Blake Lizotte made it 3-0 in the second before Henry Bowlby scored late in the frame to make it 3-1 heading into the third. Jack Adams scored the only goal of the third period to complete the scoring. It was the Union College commit's league-leading 20th goal of the season. Shane McMahan dished out two helpers, and Matthew Murray stopped 26 of the 27 shots he saw to move to 17-9-0-4 on the year.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  at OMAHA LANCERS  SO
The Lancers held a 2-0 lead through 40 minutes thanks to a first period goal by Derek Hamelin and a second period tally from Filip Suchy. David Keefer's 14th goal of the season 1:10 into the third period made it 2-1, and Chris Berger evened the game at 2 with just 0.3 seconds remaining in regulation to send the teams to overtime. After a scoreless overtime period, the game headed to a shootout, where Matt Jones and Isaac Johnson scored for Des Moines to give them the victory. Jones also added two assists in the win. Nick MacNab stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced, in addition to three of four attempts in the shootout, for his seventh victory of the season. Des Moines is now alone in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at TRI-CITY STORM 
Sioux City remains atop the Western Conference standings by three points over Fargo thanks to a 2-1 road victory over the Tri-City Storm. Marcel Godbout scored the only goal of the opening frame to give Sioux City a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. After a scoreless second period, Alex Limoges evened the score 7:24 into the third with his 13th goal of the season. Brady Ferner broke the tie and picked up the game-winner with just under six minutes to play in the game. Matiss Kivlenieks made 28 saves on 29 shots.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Waterloo remains alone in third place in the Western Conference with a 2-1 home victory over Sioux Falls. Shane Bowers gave Waterloo a 1-0 lead with just under three minutes to play in the first period, and it was a 1-0 game heading into the second. Jack Becker tied the game for Sioux Falls with the only goal of the middle frame, and it was 1-1 at the start of the final frame. Exactly one minute into the third, Kevin Charyszyn picked up the game-winner with his 11th goal of the season. Robbie Beydoun earned his 15th win of the season with a 23-save performance.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  OT
Dubuque held a 1-0 lead through two periods of play thanks to Brendan Bushy's first goal of his USHL career with five minutes remaining in the opening period. The game remained 1-0 in favor of the Fighting Saints for most of the contest until Alec Mahalak evened the score with just 46 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime. Less than 90 seconds into the extra session, Cole Guttman extended his point streak to 10 games with the game-winning-goal. In those 10 contests, Guttman has recorded 15 points (10G, 5A). Evan Fear started between the pipes and stopped all 13 shots he faced before he was relieved by Jaxon Castor, who picked up the win with a 26-save performance. Dubuque remains alone in second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
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.