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WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at TEAM USA (U18) 
Team USA ended Waterloo's point streak at 15 games with a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Black Hawks. After a scoreless opening period, goals from Nick Swaney, Mikey Anderson and Ben Copeland all in the span of five minutes gave Waterloo a 3-0 advantage in the second period. Swaney's tally was his fifth goal in his last four games, while Anderson extended his point streak to seven games with his goal. Grant Mismash picked up his seventh goal of the season with just 22 seconds remaining in the middle frame, and the Black Hawks took a 3-1 lead into the final 20 minutes. The U18s then exploded for three goals in the third to earn the 4-3 victory. Oliver Wahlstrom cut the lead to 3-2 eight minutes into the final frame, Brady Tkachuk tied the game about six minutes later, and Joel Farabee scored the game-winner with just nine seconds remaining in the game to give Team USA the 4-3 victory. Dylan St. Cyr stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced for his 10th win of the season.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS 
Youngstown surpassed Muskegon for third place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 3-0 shutout of the Lumberjacks at Covelli Centre. After the first period and most of the second were scoreless, goals from Chase Gresock and Alex Esposito just 27 seconds apart late in the middle frame gave the Phantoms a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. Austin Pooley picked up an empty-net goal late in the game for his team-leading 18th tally of the year to complete the scoring. Ivan Kulbakov stopped all 29 shots he faced for his 24th victory and third shutout of the season.
MADISON CAPITOLS  at CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS 
Madison held a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play courtesy of goals from Billy Jerry and Robby Fosdick. After Cedar Rapids' Riese Zmolek scored his second of the year midway through the middle frame to cut the Capitols lead in half at 2-1, Jerry scored his second goal of the game eight minutes later to give Madison a 3-1 advantage, which they would hold on to for the remainder of the game. Eetu Selanne dished out three assists for the Capitols in the victory, and Dryden McKay made 21 saves on 22 Cedar Rapids shots to move to 17-12-0-2 on the season.
TEAM USA (U17)  at GREEN BAY GAMBLERS 
Green Bay now sits just six points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 5-1 victory over the U17s. Blade Jenkins' first goal of his USHL career gave Team USA a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game, but the Gamblers responded with tallies from Jared Spooner and Connor Mackey to take a 2-1 lead into the second period. Dante Palecco extended the lead to 3-1 with his 17th goal of the year late in the middle frame, and also scored in the third period along with Matt Jennings to give Green Bay the 5-1 victory. Matt Berkovitz and John Leonard each had two assists, and David Hrenak won his 12th game of the year between the pipes with a 15-save performance.
DES MOINES BUCCANEERS  at OMAHA LANCERS 
The Buccaneers earned their seventh straight victory with a 4-3 victory over the Lancers in Omaha. Nick Leitner picked up the first goal of his USHL career seven and a half minutes into the game to give Des Moines a 1-0 lead, and Kobe Roth doubled the lead eight minutes later to give the Buccaneers a 2-0 advantage after 20 minutes of play. In the middle frame, recent Minnesota State University, Mankato commit Julian Napravnik scored twice for the Buccaneers, while Josh DeLuca found the back of the net for the Lancers, and it was a 4-1 game heading into the third period. Despite two third period goals from Cole Gallant, giving him his fourth multi-goal performance in his last five games, Des Moines was able to hang on for the 4-3 victory. Jan Ruzicka earned his sixth straight win between the pipes with a 25-save outing.
FARGO FORCE  at TRI-CITY STORM 
Fargo remains in the fourth spot in the Western Conference standings by three points thanks to a 4-2 road victory over Tri-City. The Force held a 2-0 lead after one period of play courtesy of goals from Paul Washe and Michael Graham. It remained a 2-0 game until very late in the second, when Blake Lizotte scored for the 11th time this season to extend the Fargo advantage to 3-0 through 40 minutes. Despite third period goals from the Storm's Brian Hawkinson and Josiah Slavin, Fargo's Hank Crone tallied an empty-netter to complete the scoring and give the Force a 4-2 victory. Matthew Murray stopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced on the night for his third straight win and 23rd victory of the year.
BLOOMINGTON THUNDER  at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  OT
Bloomington managed a split of their pair of games with Dubuque thanks to a 2-1 overtime victory at the Mystique Ice Center. Both teams picked up a goal in the opening period, and it was a 1-1 game through 20 minutes. Colin Theisen's team-leading 27th goal of the year gave Dubuque a 1-0 lead 9:11 into the game before Ethan Somoza tied the game for the Thunder six minutes later. The following 40 minutes were scoreless, sending the teams to overtime tied at one goal apiece. Late in the extra session, Walker Duehr, recently acquired by Bloomington from the Chicago Steel, scored the game-winning goal, his 13th of the season. Christiano Versich, another recent Thunder addition, picked up two assists in the win, and Logan Halladay made 20 saves on 21 Fighting Saints shots to move to double digits in wins on the season.
SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at LINCOLN STARS 
Lincoln remains just three points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 3-1 home victory over Sioux Falls. It was the Stampede who struck first, as Josh Passolt's 13th goal of the season was the only tally of the first period, and the Stampede held a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. The Stars took the lead with a pair of goals in the middle frame, courtesy of Brandon Schultz and former Stampede forward Jack Doremus, and they held that 2-1 advantage heading into the third period. Christian Evers extended the lead to 3-1 with a power play goal four minutes into the final frame to complete the scoring. Cayden Primeau made 26 saves on 27 Stampede shots for his 14th win 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.