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SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at TEAM USA (U17) 
1:10 into the game, Erik Middendorf scored thanks to a beautiful shot that put Team USA up 1-0 through 20 minutes of play. Team USA doubled the lead midway through the second with Joel Farabee's seventh goal of the season, but the Stampede scored twice in the next 2:02, courtesy of Josh Passolt and Lean Bergmann, to even the score at two goals each. Less than three minutes after Sioux Falls tied the game, Mattias Samuelsson gave Team USA a 3-2 lead with his fourth goal of the season. Oliver Wahlstrom added an empty net goal late in the game to complete the scoring. Middendorf and Farabee had a goal and assist each, and Ryan Ullan was strong between the pipes, stopping 30 of the 32 shots he faced for his second win of the year.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  OT
Waterloo is just two points behind Sioux City for the top spot in the Western Conference thanks to the Black Hawks' 4-3 overtime victory over the Musketeers at Tyson Events Center. Sioux City held a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission thanks to Kristian Pospisil's sixth goal of the year. Phillip Knies doubled the lead 7:30 into the second before goals from jackson Cates and Kevin Charyszyn just 1:26 apart evened the score at two after 40 minutes of play. Shane Bowers and Marcel Godbout scored for their respective teams in the third period to send the teams to overtime tied at three. Midway through the extra session, Bailey Conger tallied his eighth goal of the season to give the Black Hawks the victory. Jake Ryczek dished out three assists, while Ben Copeland added two helpers of his own. Robbie Beydoun stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced for his third straight victory between the pipes and his sixth win in his last eight decisions.
TEAM USA (U18)  at BLOOMINGTON THUNDER 
Logan Cockerill put Team USA up 1-0 early in the game after a great setup from Graham Slaggert. Calgary Flames prospect Mitchell Mattson tied the game with his 10th goal of the season, but Grant Mismash and Brady Tkachuk found the back of the net just 63 seconds apart to go up 3-1 midway through the opening period. The Thunder were able to cut the lead in half with Vlad Dzhioshvili's 13th of the season, and it was a 3-2 Team USA lead after 20 minutes. Mismash and Mattson scored their second goals of the game in the middle frame to make it a 4-3 game at the start of the third period. Team USA scored three times in the final frame. Tkachuk and Cockerill each tallied for the second time, while Scott Reedy completed the scoring with just 22 seconds remaining in the game. Reedy and David Farrance had two assists each, and Dylan St. Cyr won his ninth game of the year between the pipes with a 19-save performance.
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.