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Five Takeaways: Day 2 - 2017 USHL Fall Classic

09/28/2017, 9:45pm CDT
By USHL

Observations from Day 2 at the 2017 USHL Fall Classic.


Photo by Brandon Anderson

Day 2 of the 2017 USHL Fall Classic is complete, with five games being played at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Pittsburgh. Five games? Five takeaways. Below are recaps from each of Thursday's USHL contests.

 

FARGO FORCE [5] vs. GREEN BAY GAMBLERS [2]

Fargo moved to 2-0-0-0 at the 2017 USHL Fall Classic with a 5-2 victory over the Green Bay Gamblers. Nicholas Cardelli picked up a hat trick in the win, and Garrett Van Wyhe tallied twice. If Fargo wants to replicate the success of last season's high-powered offensive attack, they would benefit from performances like those two players put on. Van Wyhe has been making a name for himself in Pittsburgh, playing well on and off the puck. Fargo fans will be looking for the veteran forward to keep the momentum rolling heading into regular season.

BOXSCORE

 

SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS [3] vs. CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS [2]

The Musketeers took down the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders by a score of 3-2 for their third victory of the 2017 preseason. Samuel Salonen picked up the second hat trick of the day, scoring three times in the span of 38:15 of game time. The Finnish forward spent last season as the captain of KeuPA HT in Finland, scoring 54 points (17G, 37A) in 49 games. Matt Jurusik stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced and looks primed to supplant Matiss Kivlenieks, the 2017 USHL Player and Goaltender of the Year who signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Returning forward Sampo Ranta displayed his elite brand of skating in front of scouts, and appeared to be a potential key piece of Sioux City's offense this season.

BOXSCORE

 

SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE [4] vs. OMAHA LANCERS [1]

Sioux Falls picked up their first victory of the Fall Classic and second win of the preseason with a 4-1 triumph over Omaha. The Stampede picked up goals from Artem Ivanyuzhenkov, Reid Stefanson, Kirill Panyukov and Khristian AcostaJaxson Stauber stopped 32 of 33 shots between the pipes for the win. Between the Minnesota State commit and Mikhail Berdin, Winnipeg Jets prospect, the Stampede look poised to have a pair of strong goaltenders heading into the regular season. Defenseman Cam Reagan scored the lone goal for Omaha, giving him a pair of tallies in the 2017 preseason.

BOXSCORE

SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS [3] vs. CEDAR RAPIDS ROUGHRIDERS [2]

The Musketeers took down the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders by a score of 3-2 for their third victory of the 2017 preseason. Samuel Salonen picked up the second hat trick of the day, scoring three times in the span of 38:15 of game time. The Finnish forward spent last season as the captain of KeuPA HT in Finland, scoring 54 points (17G, 37A) in 49 games. Matt Jurusik stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced and looks primed to supplant Matiss Kivlenieks, the 2017 USHL Player and Goaltender of the Year who signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Returning forward Sampo Ranta displayed his elite brand of skating in front of scouts, and appeared to be a potential key piece of Sioux City's offense this season.

BOXSCORE

 

DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS [2] vs. LINCOLN STARS [1]

In an exciting, hard-fought finale to the evening, the Dubuque Fighting Saints defeated the Lincoln Stars 2-1. After a scoreless first period, Dubuque's Chayse Primeau opened the scoring with under three minutes remaining in the middle frame. Philipe Lapointe tied the game with 5:35 remaining in the game, but Bauer Neudecker scored his first of the preseason with just 61 seconds remaining to give the Fighting Saints the victory. Goaltending looked to be one of both team's strong suits this year, with Jaxon Castor stopping 23 of 24 and Nashville Predators prospect Tomas Vomacka stopping 28 of the 30 for Lincoln. This was the second night in a row the final game of the night went down to the wire, after Youngstown and Waterloo settled things in overtime.

BOXSCORE

 

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five 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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