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BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  at TEAM USA (U17) 
A beautiful goal from Tyler Weiss late in the opening period put Team USA up 1-0 through 20 minutes of play. Bloomington responded with two goals in the middle frame, courtesy of Sean Harrison and Ethan Somoza, to take a 2-1 lead into the third. Mitchell Mattson made it a 3-1 game 39 seconds into the period, and despite a goal from Jacob Tortora to cut the lead to 3-2, the Thunder held on for the victory. Mattson and Vladislav Dzhioshvili (0G, 2A) picked up multiple points, and Gabriel Mollot-Hill stopped 22 shots for his eighth win of the year.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  SO
In a battle of two Eastern Conference opponents, the Muskegon Lumberjacks and Green Bay Gamblers played to a scoreless tie through 67 minutes. Muskegon outshot Green Bay 33-20 in the game, but both penalty killing units came up large all night, going a combined 9/9 between the two teams. After three scoreless periods and a scoreless overtime session, the Lumberjacks and Gamblers headed to a shootout. In the first nine rounds of the shootout, each team was only able to score once - Brock Caufield for Green Bay and Collin Adams for Muskegon. After Josh Dunne was stopped by Keith Petruzzelli, Will Smith converted for the Lumberjacks in the 10th round to give his team the victory. Petruzzelli stopped all 20 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season, in addition to nine of the 10 attempts he saw in the shootout.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
The only goal of the game was scored 52 seconds into the contest. Ohio State commit Kamil Sadlocha found the back of the net courtesy of a helper from Eugene Fadyeyev to put Madison up 1-0, and that lead would stand for the remainder of the game. Cedar Rapids outshot the Capitols 24-19 in the contest, and the teams were a combined 6/6 on the penalty kill. Zach LaRocque stopped 18 of 19 shots for the RoughRiders, while Dryden McKay was outstanding for the second straight night, stopping all 24 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and fifth victory in his last six starts.
TEAM USA (U18)  at CHICAGO STEEL 
Goals from Chicago's Reggie Lutz and Team USA's Evan Barratt had the two sides tied at one through 20 minutes of play. Barratt and Grant Mismash tallied in the middle frame to give Team USA a 3-1 lead heading into the third period. Jack Badini's team-leading 16th goal of the season cut the lead to 3-2 just 35 seconds into the frame, but two goals from Graham Slaggert, including an empty-netter, completed the scoring and gave Team USA a 5-2 victory. Josh Norris tallied three assists, and Adam Scheel stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced for his second win of the year.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  SO
Sioux City and Des Moines played a scoreless opening 20 minutes. 58 seconds into the second period, Sampo Ranta tallied his second goal of the year to open the scoring and give the Musketeers a 1-0 lead. Sioux City held that advantage until late in the frame, when the Buccaneers' Michael Rounds scored the first goal of his USHL career with just 1:15 remaining in the period to make it a 1-1 game heading into the third period. After a scoreless final 20 minutes and subsequent overtime period, the teams headed to a shootout, where Des Moines' Tommy Parrottino scored the only goal to give his team the victory. Jan Ruzicka made 27 saves in the win that moved the Buccaneers into a tie for third place in the Western Conference standings.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
Eric Esposito's hard work 13:21 into the game opened the scoring and gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead. Three and a half minutes later, Colin Theisen tallied his team-leading 18th goal of the season to tie the game. Zach Solow assisted on the goal to retake the top spot in the USHL scoring race with 39 points (10G, 29A). The Northeastern commit also leads the league with those 29 helpers. Jacob Semik scored the only goal of the second period to put Dubuque up 2-1 heading into the third period, where Cole Guttman extended his point streak to 11 games to extend his team's lead to 3-1 and complete the scoring. Jaxon Castor made 17 of 18 saves in a win that put the Fighting Saints just two points behind the Chicago Steel for the top spot in the USHL standings.
LINCOLN STARS  at FARGO FORCE 
Lincoln managed a road split of their series with the Fargo Force thanks to a 3-2 victory. Fargo's Lukas Kalble opened the scoring with the first goal of his USHL career before Luka Maver scored less than two minutes later to even the game at one heading into the second period. After a scoreless middle frame, third period goals from Brandon Schultz and Sam Sternschein put the Stars up 3-1. Despite a late goal from Kalble, his second of the game, Lincoln was able to hang on for the victory. Cayden Primeau made 40 saves on 42 shots to move the Stars just one point out of the top-four in the Western Conference.
OMAHA LANCERS  at TRI-CITY STORM 
After a scoreless first period, Cole Gallant's second goal of the season, a shorthanded tally, opened the scoring 28 seconds into the middle frame. The score remained 1-0 until the Storm's Wyatt Bongiovanni tied the game 90 seconds into the third. Pierce Crawford broke the tie two minutes later with his 12th goal of the season, and Ben Lown completed the scoring with an empty-netter to give the Lancers the win. Tommy Nappier was stellar between the pipes, stopping 34 of 35 shots in the victory.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  OT
The Stampede opened the scoring with Colin Swoyer's fourth goal of the year 7:06 into the game. Kevin Charyszyn tied the game seven minutes later, and it was a 1-1 game heading into the second period. Jack Becker scored the only goal of the middle frame to give Sioux Falls a 2-1 lead going into the final 20 minutes. The score remained 2-1 until Ben Copeland tied the game at two with just 58 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the teams to overtime. Halfway through the extra session, Matthew Quercia tallied his fifth goal of the year to give the Stampede the victory. Winnipeg Jets prospect Mikhail Berdin made 34 saves on 36 shots.
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.