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CHICAGO STEEL  at TEAM USA (U17) 
Chicago picked up the only goal of the opening frame, with Jordan Seyfert finding the back of the net for the second time this season. The Merrimack College commit now has points in three straight games. Jason O'Neill picked up his first point as a member of the Steel with an assist on the goal and finished the night with two helpers. Second period tallies from Mitch Lewandowski and Marc Johnstone stretched the lead to 3-0 before Joel Farabee got Team USA on the board late in the frame. Reggie Lutz's 18th goal of the year made it a 4-1 game and completed the scoring. Dayton Rasmussen picked up the win in his first start between the pipes for Chicago, stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced. The Steel remain atop the Eastern Conference standings by two points.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
After a scoreless first 20 minutes, Austin Pooley's 15th goal of the season gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead before Andrei Svechnikov tied the game about five minutes later. It remained a 1-1 game until late in the third period, when Austin Alger scored his first goal as a member of the Lumberjacks to give Muskegon a 2-1 victory. Svechnikov, Keeghan Howdeshell and Collin Adams all dished out assists for the Lumberjacks, and Keith Petruzzelli has now won three of his last four starts thanks to a 30-save performance that moved Muskegon into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference standings.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at FARGO FORCE 
Fargo picked up the only goal of the first period 16 seconds into the game courtesy of Shane McMahan. Six minutes into the second, Blake Lizotte doubled the lead before Vincent de Mey scored for Madison to cut the lead to 2-1. The Force would then score five unanswered goals to pick up the 7-1 victory. Jack Adams made it 3-1 with his 26th goal of the season, and Lizotte scored his second goal of the game to make it 4-1 heading into the final frame. Lizotte picked up the hat trick in the last 20 minutes, and Paul Washe also added a pair of goals in the third to complete the scoring. Cody Haiskanen dished out four assists, Hank Crone had three helpers, and Matthew Murray stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced to keep his team in a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
With their 5-3 road victory in Green Bay, the Musketeers remain atop the USHL standings. After Jason Dhooghe gave the Gamblers a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, goals from Kristian Pospisil and Charlie Kelleher put Sioux City up 2-1 heading into the middle frame. After a scoreless second period, the teams alternated goals in the third period. Aapeli Rasanen, Brian Rigali, and JC MacLean tallied for the Musketeers, while Connor Mackey and Jared Spooner found the back of the net for the Gamblers, giving Sioux City their third straight victory. Carson Vance had three assists, Connor Ford dished out a pair of helpers, and Matiss Kivlenieks earned his league-leading 25th win of the season with a 37-save performance.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at OMAHA LANCERS 
Noah Lalonde's first goal as a Lancer and two tallies from Cole Gallant gave Omaha a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Lalonde also dished out a pair of assists to give him a three-point night in his Omaha debut. Connor Marshall scored the only goal of the second period to make it a 4-0 game, and Ben Lown stretched the lead to 5-0 in the final frame. The Miami commit has now scored in back-to-back games. Scott Perunovich and TJ Walsh both tallied late in the game for Cedar Rapids to complete the scoring. Tommy Nappier made 15 saves on 17 RoughRiders shots for his 17th victory of the season.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  at TRI-CITY STORM 
Jace Foskey's second goal of the season gave Tri-City a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play, but Des Moines scored five unanswered goals in the final two periods to earn the 5-1 victory. Isaac Johnson, Julian Napravnik and Chris Berger all found the back of the net in the middle frame, while Johnson completed the hat trick with two goals in the third period. It was the uncommitted forward's first hat trick of his USHL career. Mario Ferraro, Matt Jones and Eric Otto all had two assists in the win, and Nick MacNab stopped 19 shots for his ninth victory of the season. The Buccaneers remain alone in third place in the Western Conference standings.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Goals from Sioux Falls's Jack Doremus and Waterloo's Kevin Charyszyn had the Stampede and Black Hawks tied at one through 20 minutes of play. Charyszyn and Garrett Klee found the back of the net in the middle frame to give Waterloo a 3-1 advantage heading into the third period. Charyszyn tallied the hat trick early in the third to put the Black Hawks ahead 4-1 before Vitaliy Novytskyy scored the first goal of his USHL career late in the game to make it 4-2 in favor of Waterloo. Shane Bowers stretched his point streak to nine games with an empty-net goal that completed the scoring. Garrett Wait dished out a pair of assists, and Peter Thome, who now has two assists in his two starts with Waterloo, stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced to keep his team just one point out of the top spot in the USHL standings.
LINCOLN STARS  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
After the Fighting Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Colin Theisen and Quinn Preston, a shorthanded goal from Justin Richards and an even-strength tally from Sam Sternschein tied the game at two heading into the middle frame. Both teams also scored twice in the middle frame to make it 4-4 after 40 minutes. Preston and Jacob Hamacher tallied for Dubuque, while the Stars picked up two more shorthanded goals courtesy of Jake Nielsen and Casey Dornbach, tying a USHL record with three shorthanded markers in a game. Lincoln dominated the third period, scoring three times in the frame, thanks to Sternschein, Dornbach and Christian Evers to run away with a 7-4 win. Brandon Schultz and Gustaf Westlund each registered two assists, and Josef Korenar stopped 22 of the 26 shots he faced to keep the Stars in a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference.
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.