Robert Mastrosimone, Chicago Steel (courtesy Hickling Images)
Below are recaps and highlights from Tuesday's USHL games:
Tri-City earned their sixth consecutive win with a 4-2 victory over Lincoln at the Viaero Center. The Storm scored twice in each of the opening two periods to take a 4-0 lead. Elias Rosen and Ian Murphy found the back of the net in the first period, while Connor McMenamin and Shane Pinto got on the board in the middle 20 minutes of play. The Stars scored a pair of late power play goals, courtesy of Zach Dubisnky and Michael Colella, but Tri-City hung on for the 4-2 victory. Isaiah Saville made 20 saves on 22 shots and also earned an assist on Pinto's goal en route to his sixth victory in his last eight starts.
The Chicago Steel earned their third consecutive Clark Cup Playoffs berth thanks to their 3-1 victory over the Green Bay Gamblers on Tuesday night. After Green Bay's Nicholas Zabaneh gave his team a 1-0 lead 4:09 into the game, Chicago responded with a pair of Josiah Slavin tallies to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Midway through the middle frame, Mathieu De St. Phalle extended the Steel's lead to two and the visitors would hang on for the remainder of the contest. Six different players recorded an assist, including Nick Abruzzese, who registered his league-leading 45th assist of the season. Justin Robbins stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced for his 22nd victory of the year.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, 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.