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Saturday Recap

04/16/2017, 10:00am CDT
By USHL

Chicago, Dubuque, Waterloo all take 2-0 series leads.

 

YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS [0] at CHICAGO STEEL [6]

(Chicago leads series 2-0)

 

After a 4-1 victory in Game 1, Chicago shut out Youngstown 6-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series and moved just one win away from their first ever appearance in the Eastern Conference Final. The Steel jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with a pair of power play goals from Reggie Lutz just 1:51 apart. The Minnesota State, Mankato commit now has three goals and four points in the series. The Steel tacked on three more goals in the second period, courtesy of Mitch Lewandowksi and two tallies from Jack Badini. Eduards Tralmaks added his first goal of the playoffs five minutes into the third period to complete the scoring and give Chicago a 2-0 series lead. USHL Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year Graham Lillibridge dished out four assists, Steel captain Marc Johnstone added a pair of helpers, and Ales Stezka was outstanding between the pipes, stopping all 40 shots he faced for his second straight victory and first career playoff shutout.

 

BOXSCORE

 

 

MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS [0] at DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS [3]

(Dubuque leads series 2-0)

 

Dubuque now holds a 2-0 series lead and is one win away from their seventh straight Eastern Conference Final appearance thanks to a 3-0 Game 2 shutout of the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Following a scoreless first period, the Fighting Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Dallas Gerads and Austin Rueschhoff just 2:24 apart, their second tally each in the series. It remained a 2-0 game until late in the game, when Keenan Suthers added an empty-net goal with just 43 seconds remaining to extend the Dubuque lead to 3-0 and complete the scoring. Jaxon Castor made 36 saves on 36 Muskegon shots for his second straight win and first career playoff shutout.

 

BOXSCORE

 

 

FARGO FORCE [1] at WATERLOO BLACK HAWKS [4]

(Waterloo leads series 2-0)

 

Waterloo is now one win away from their second straight trip to the Eastern Conference Final with a 4-1 Game 2 victory over the Fargo Force. It was a scoreless game until about midway through the opening period, when Dylan Samberg registered his first career playoff goal to put the Black Hawks up 1-0. Waterloo doubled their lead in the second period with Ethan Johnson's first career playoff goal, and it was a 2-0 game heading into the third period. Shane McMahan cut the Waterloo advantage to 2-1 seven minutes into the third, but that's as close as the Force would get, as Mikey Anderson and Shane Bowers added empty-net goals to seal the victory for the Black Hawks. Anderson and Bowers also dished out assists in the win, and Robbie Beydoun stopped all but one of the 31 shots he faced for his second straight win.

 

BOXSCORE

 

 

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.

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