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MADISON CAPITOLS  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
Both teams scored in the first five minutes of the game, as Ben Foley tallied for Cedar Rapids while Mick Messner found the back of the net for Madison. Alec Broetzman's eighth of the season was the only goal of the second period, and it was 2-1 Capitols heading into the third. Foley's second of the game midway through the final frame tied the game at two, and Liam Walsh picked up the game-winner for the RoughRiders with just 1:23 remaining in the game. Riese Zmolek and Marc McLaughlin dished out assists in the victory, and Drew DeRidder stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced for his fifth win of the year.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
Youngstown now finds themselves in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 4-3 road victory in Chicago. The teams combined for five goals in the first period. Jack Badini opened the scoring with his team-leading 18th goal of the season. Max Ellis tied the game less than two minutes later, but Steel captain Marc Johnstone responded 2:04 later to put his team up 2-1. Just over a minute later, Tommy Apap evened the score at two goals apiece, and Marshall Moise gave the Phantoms a 3-2 lead three minutes later with his third goal of the year. Brannon McManus scored on a beautiful shot less than a minute into period two, but Austin Pooley picked up the eventual game-winner with just over seven minutes to play in the middle frame. Dominic Dockery and Curtis Hall each tallied two assists, and Ivan Kulbakov stopped 21 shots on 24 Chicago attempts for his 18th victory of the season.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
Dubuque is now alone atop the USHL standings thanks to a 3-1 road victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers. After a scoreless opening period, Tommy Parrottino put Des Moines up 1-0 midway through the second. The Fighting Saints then responded 55 seconds later with Cole Guttman's 17th of the season, and it was a 1-1 game heading into the final frame. Zach Solow gave Dubuque a 2-1 lead nine minutes into the third, and Patrick Kudla found the back of the net about four minutes later to give the Fighting Saints a two-goal lead that they would hold onto for the remainder of the game. Colin Theisen tallied two assists and now sports a seven-game point streak, and Jaxon Castor made 34 saves to move to 22-8-0-4 on the season. Dubuque is now 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 games, and they have picked up a point in each of their last eight contests.
BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  at FARGO FORCE  SO
Fargo is now alone in third place in the Western Conference following a 3-2 shootout win over the Bloomington Thunder at Scheels Arena. Vladislav Dzhioshvili, who picked up two points on the night and now has 14 points in his last 14 games, opened the scoring later in the opening period. Jacob Paganelli's 10th of the year with just under two minutes remaining in the first tied the game, and it was 1-1 heading to the middle 20 minutes. Bloomington's Marko Reifenberger gave the Thunder a 2-1 advantage midway through the second, and that score held going into the final frame. Jack Adams scored the only goal of the third period, his league-leading 24th of the season, to tie the game and send the teams to overtime. Adams also sports a four-game goal scoring streak. After a scoreless extra frame, Adams and Hank Crone found the back of the net in the shootout to give the Force the extra point and the victory. Matthew Murray stopped 26 Bloomington shots, in addition to three of four attempts in the shootout, to move to 19-11-0-4 on the season.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Green Bay has pulled to within five points of the top-half of the Eastern Conference with a 5-1 home victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Two goals from Matt Jennings, including one just 10 seconds into the game, and a Josh Kosack tally put the Gamblers up 3-0 through 20 minutes of play. Jason Dhooghe then stretched the lead to 4-0 midway through the second, and Green Bay held that lead going into the final frame. Anthony Del Gaizo got Muskegon on the board with just over three minutes to play in the game, but Dante Palecco scored his fifth goal in his last four games 48 seconds later to complete the scoring. The Yale University commit has now found the back of the net in each of his last three games. Chris Grando and Tony Stillwell dished out two helpers apiece, and David Hrenak stopped all but one of the 33 Lumberjacks attempts he faced to earn his eighth victory of the year.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE 
The Musketeers remain atop the Western Conference standings by two points with a 4-1 road victory over the rival Stampede. In the first period, Marcel Godbout found the back of the net for Sioux City, while Colin Swoyer scored for Sioux Falls, and it was a 1-1 game heading into the second period. Late in the middle frame, Jackson Keane netted his third goal of the season, and the Musketeers held a 2-1 lead going into the final frame. Keane's second of the game three minutes into the third doubled the lead to 3-1, and Kristian Pospisil completed the scoring with his seventh goal of the year late in the game. Matiss Kivlenieks continues to shine between the pipes, as he made 35 saves on 36 Sioux Falls shots for his 21st victory of the year.
TRI-CITY STORM  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
The Storm and Black Hawks battled to a 2-2 tie through 20 minutes of play, with Linus Weissbach and Adam Goodsir scoring for Tri-City, and Chase Pilawski and Jake Ryczek finding the back of the net for Waterloo. Ryczek also added three assists in the game. After Weissbach's second of the game less than four minutes into the second gave the Storm a 3-2 lead, the Black Hawks scored the next five goals, including four in the second period courtesy of Jackson Cates, Ethan Johnson, Garrett Klee and Shane Bowers. Kevin Charyszyn scored early in the third for the fifth straight tally, while Logan Drevitch found the back of the net for Tri-City eight minutes into the final frame to complete the scoring. Robbie Beydoun made 22 saves for his 19th win of the season.
OMAHA LANCERS  at LINCOLN STARS  OT
Omaha picked up a road victory over the in-state rival Lincoln Stars with a hard-fought 2-1 overtime win at the Ice Box. After a scoreless opening period, the teams traded goals in the middle frame, with Austin Alger finding the back of the net for the Lancers and Eero Teravainen doing the same for the Stars. Following a scoreless final 20 minutes, the teams headed to overtime, where Derek Hamelin's fourth goal of the season less than a minute into the extra frame gave Omaha the win. Josh DeLuca, Pierce Crawford and Emilio Pettersen all picked up an assist for the Lancers, and Tommy Nappier stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced for his 15th victory of the season.
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.