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YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  at CHICAGO STEEL 
Chicago extended their lead atop the Eastern Conference to five points with a 4-1 home victory over the Youngstown Phantoms. The teams combined for three goals in just over three minutes late in the opening period, as Mitch Lewandowski and Reggie Lutz scored for Chicago while Chase Gresock found the back of the net for Youngstown, giving the Steel a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Following a scoreless second period, Lutz scored his second goal of the game to notch his team-leading 45th point of the season, making it a 3-1 game. Jason O'Neill added an empty-net goal late in the game to complete the scoring and secure the victory for Chicago. Jake Jaremko dished out a pair of assists, and Ales Stezka made 25 saves on 26 shots for his 20th win of the season.
DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS  at SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS 
The teams traded goals in the first period, as Cole Guttman scored for Dubuque and Aapeli Rasanen found the back of the net for Sioux City. The Musketeers then exploded for four goals in both the second and third periods. Tarek Baker, Kristian Pospisil, Matt Hellickson and Eeli Tolvanen tallied in the middle frame, and Baker, Phillip Knies, Brian Rigali and JC MacLean picked up goals for Sioux City in the third period. Guttman added two more goals for the Fighting Saints in the final frame to pick up his 23rd goal and second hat trick of the season. Tolvanen, Knies, Odeen Tufto and Carson Vance all dished out two assists in the win, and Matiss Kivlenieks stopped 12 shots for his 14th win in his last 15 starts.
WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS  at DES MOINES BUCCANEERS 
Des Moines opened the scoring four and a half minutes into the game, as Mario Ferraro found the back of the net for the ninth time this season to give his team a 1-0 lead. It remained a 1-0 game until late in the frame, when Jack Drury tied the game for Waterloo with three and a half minutes to play in the first period. After a scoreless middle frame, the Black Hawks picked up four goals in the third period, courtesy of Drury, Bailey Conger, Grant Gabriele and Yuki Miura to come away with a resounding 5-1 victory. Sam Craggs and Kevin Charyszyn each had two assists, and Peter Thome made 31 saves on 32 Des Moines shots for his sixth victory in his last seven starts between the pipes.
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.