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FARGO FORCE  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  OT
Youngstown is now 8-2-0-0 in their last 10 games with a 2-1 overtime victory over Fargo. The first 40 minutes between the Phantoms and the Force were scoreless, with only 25 combined shots between the two teams. USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Team West MVP Paul Washe opened the scoring three minutes into the third to give Fargo a 1-0 lead. Three minutes later, Dominic Dockery tied the game for the Phantoms with his third goal of the season, and the teams headed to overtime. In the extra frame, Austin Pooley picked up the game-winner and now has a three-game goal streak. Curtis Hall, Alec Mahalak and Coale Norris dished out assists for Youngstown in the victory, and Ivan Kulbakov stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced for his 23rd win of the year.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
Mikael Hakkarainen's fifth goal of the season late in the opening period gave Muskegon a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Matt Steeves and Verners Egle found the back of the net for their respective teams in the middle frame, and the Lumberjacks held a 2-1 advantage heading into the third period. Garrett Van Wyhe stretched the lead to 3-1 early in the final frame, and Lumberjacks goaltender Keith Petruzzelli completed the scoring with an empty-net goal late in the game. The Quinnipiac commit is the only goaltender this season to score a goal, and he also made 23 saves for his third straight victory.
TEAM USA (U17)  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
Cedar Rapids held a 2-0 lead after the first period courtesy of tallies from Steven Agriogianis and Grant Loven. Justin Cole stretched the RoughRiders lead to 3-0 late in the second period with his fifth goal of the season. Tyler Weiss got Team USA on the board late in the third to cut the lead to 3-1, but Cedar Rapids' TJ Walsh completed the scoring 29 seconds later to give the RoughRiders a 4-1 victory. Riese Zmolek dished out a pair of assists, and Drew DeRidder made 13 saves on 14 Team USA shots to earn his seventh victory of the season.
GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
After a scoreless opening period, Jason O'Neill scored his first goal since joining the Steel to give Chicago a 1-0 lead with just 31 seconds to play in the middle frame. It remained a 1-0 game until three goals were scored in the final 4:30 of the game. Matt Jennings tied the game for Green Bay with his eighth goal of the season before Jack Badini scored his team-leading 22nd and 23rd goals of the season in the final 1:42 of the game to give Chicago a 3-1 victory and keep the Steel atop the Eastern Conference standings by four points. Minnesota Wild prospect Ales Stezka stopped 33 of the 34 Gamblers shots he faced for his fourth straight win between the pipes.
LINCOLN STARS  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
With a 2-0 shutout of Lincoln, Sioux City remains alone atop the Western Conference standings. After a scoreless opening frame, Eeli Tolvanen's 21st goal of the season late in the second gave the Musketeers a 1-0 lead. The Finnish forward now has four goals in his last three games and is tied for the team lead in scoring with 38 points (21G, 17A). Phillip Knies double the Sioux City lead and completed the scoring with his 15th tally of the year. Connor Ford, Charlie Kelleher and Odeen Tufto dished out assists for the Musketeers in the win, and Matiss Kivlenieks picked up his third shutout and league-leading 27th victory of the season between the pipes.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at TRI-CITY STORM 
Adam Goodsir gave the Storm a 1-0 lead early in the game with his 13th goal of the season. Jace Foskey doubled the Tri-City advantage early in the second period off a beautiful feed from Linus Weissbach, who dished out two helpers in the game. Wyllum Deveaux extended the lead to 3-0 midway through the final frame, and Blais Richartz completed the scoring by scoring his first USHL goal in his first USHL game. Eric Dop stopped all 32 shots he faced for his first USHL shutout.
BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Waterloo extend their point streak to 14 games and is 12-0-2-0 in those contests thanks to a 5-2 home victory over Bloomington. Bailey Conger scored the only goal of the opening period to give the Black Hawks a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. After Kevin Charyszyn extended his goal streak to three games to double the Waterloo lead to 2-0, Alec Mehr's ninth of the season about 90 seconds later got the Thunder on the board, and it was a 2-1 game heading into the third period. After Jackson Cates and Wyatt Kalynuk scored for their respective teams to make it a 3-2 game, Jake Ryczek and Garrett Klee scored for the Black Hawks to extend the lead to 5-2 and complete the scoring. Garrett Wait and Mikey Anderson dished out two assists each, and Peter Thome moved his record with the Black Hawks to 4-0-0-0 with an 18-save performance.
OMAHA LANCERS  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS 
Cole Gallant's fourth goal in his last two games gave Omaha a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. Dubuque responded in the middle frame with goals from Keenan Suthers and Dallas Gerads to take a 2-1 lead into the third period. After Gallant scored his second of the game to tie the game at two, the Fighting Saints scored the final three goals of the game, courtesy of Michael Boyle, Colin Theisen and Brendan Bushy, to complete the scoring and earn the 5-2 victory that keeps Dubuque in a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference standings. Makai Holdener had two assists in the win, and Jaxon Castor turned 15 Lancers shots aside to move to 23-9-0-4 on 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.