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FARGO FORCE  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
Fargo earned the split of their series with Youngstown thanks to a 3-2 victory at Covelli Centre. After Alex Esposito's 12th tally of the season opened the scoring 1:39 into the game and gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead, the Force responded with goals from Jack Adams, his league-leading 27th of the season, and Christiano Versich to take a 2-1 advantage in the second period. Youngstown's Max Ellis picked up a power play goal four and a half minutes into the final frame to tie the game, but Hank Crone scored the game-winning goal just three minutes later to give Fargo a 3-2 victory. Blake Lizotte dished out a pair of assists, and Ryan Bischel moved to 5-3-1-0 on the season with a 21-save performance.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS 
Madison earned a split of their own on the weekend with a 6-4 victory in Muskegon. In the opening period, Casey Gilling scored for the Lumberjacks, while Eetu Selanne found the back of the net the Capitols, and it was a 1-1 game through 20 minutes. Selanne also dished out a pair of assists in the win. Madison then scored three times in the second period to break the game open. Billy Jerry, Kevin O'Neil and Vincent de Mey tallied for the Capitols and Jachym Kondelik scored for Muskegon, and it was a 4-2 Capitols lead heading into the third period. The teams then traded goals twice in the final frame, giving Madison a 6-4 victory. Mick Messner and Anthony Callin were the goal scorers for Madison in the third, and Kondelik and Jack McNeely did the same for Muskegon. Daniel Lebedeff stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced for his third win of the season.
BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
Des Moines has now won five straight games thanks to a 5-2 home victory over the Bloomington Thunder. The Buccaneers' Reed Lebster scored the only goal of the first period to give his team a 1-0 lead, but Bloomington picked up second period tallies from Cameron Burke and August Von Ungern-Sternberg to take a 2-1 lead into the final frame. Des Moines then exploded for four goals in the third period to win the game 5-2. The Buccaneers picked up tallies from Lebster, Matt Hudie, Collin Rutherford and Cameron Orchard in the final 20 minutes, while Jan Ruzicka earned his 5th straight victory between the pipes with a 18-save night.
CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  OT
Dubuque earned victories in both of their games over the weekend with a 2-1 overtime win against in-state rival Cedar Rapids. After a scoreless opening period, Cole Guttman picked up his sixth point in his last five games with his 19th goal of the season, and the Fighting Saints took a 1-0 lead into the final frame. Most of the third period remained scoreless until the RoughRiders' Jakub Sirota tied the game with just 1:13 remaining in regulation to send the teams to overtime. With just over a minute remaining in the extra session, Arizona State commit Patrick Kudla tallied his sixth goal of the year to give Dubuque the win. Kudla, Colin Theisen and Dallas Gerads dished out assists for the Fighting Saints, and Jaxon Castor stopped 20 of the 21 Cedar Rapids shots he faced for his 24th victory of the season.
CHICAGO STEEL  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS  OT
The Gamblers split their home-and-home series with the Steel with a 5-4 overtime victory in front of 7,619 fans at Resch Center. Easton Brodzinski's 18th goal of the season opened the scoring 1:40 into the game to give Green Bay a 1-0 lead, but Chicago responded with three goals courtesy of Jake Jaremko, Jack Badini and Eduards Tralmaks to take a 3-1 lead 13 minutes into the game. About 90 seconds after Tralmaks' goal, Matt Jennings found the back of the net for the Gamblers to make it a 3-2 game through 20 minutes of play. Brodzinski and Baker Shore scored for their respective teams in the middle frame, and Chicago took a 4-3 advantage into the third period. Green Bay's Connor Mackey scored exactly halfway through the final frame to tie the game and send the teams to overtime. With just over two minutes remaining in the extra session, Brody Stevens found the back of the net to give the Gamblers the victory. David Hrenak picked up the victory between the pipes, stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced in 52 minutes of play in relief of Maksim Zhukov. Green Bay currently sits seven points out of the top-half of the Eastern Conference.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at LINCOLN STARS 
Lincoln remains just three points out of playoff position in the Western Conference with a 4-2 victory over Sioux Falls. After the Stars' Dominick Mersch gave his team a 1-0 lead midway through the opening frame, the Stampede responded with goals from Jack Doremus and Lean Bergmann to take a 2-1 advantage into the third period. Lincoln then scored three unanswered goals over the final 40 minutes to pick up the win. Collin Petters and Henry Bowlby scored in the middle frame, and Sam Sternschein found the back of the net in the third period to complete the scoring. Sternschein and Luke Jaycox each dished out a pair of assists, and Cayden Primeau stopped 33 of the 35 Stampede shots he faced for his 13th win of the year.
SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS  at TRI-CITY STORM 
Sioux City picked up their sixth straight victory with a 5-1 road win over Tri-City. Connor McMenamin gave the Musketeers a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes courtesy of a goal with just seven seconds remaining in the opening frame. Both teams scored once in the middle frame, with Josiah Slavin tallying for Tri-City and Aapeli Rasanen finding the back of the net for Sioux City, and it was a 2-1 Musketeers lead heading into the third period. In the final frame, Eeli Tolvanen scored twice, giving him six goals in his last three games, and Charlie Kellher added an empty-net goal to complete the scoring and give the Musketeers a 5-1 win. Todd Scott picked up his first career USHL victory between the pipes by stopping 21 of the 22 Tri-City shots he faced.
OMAHA LANCERS  at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS 
Waterloo held a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play courtesy of Kevin Charyszyn and Nick Swaney. Those same two players also found the back of the net in the second period, while Ben Lown and Emilio Pettersen scored for Omaha, and it was a 4-2 Black Hawks lead heading into the final frame. Connor Marshall scored for the Lancers six minutes into the third to cut the deficit to 4-3, but Alex Limoges responded six minutes later to give Waterloo a 5-3 lead and complete the scoring. Shane Bowers dished out a pair of assists to give him points in 17 of his last 21 games, and Mikey Anderson also had two helpers. Peter Thome is now 5-0-0-0 in his first five starts with the Black Hawks thanks to a 16-save performance that gives Waterloo points in each of their last 15 games.
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.