A recap of Saturday night action in the USHL.
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3 @ Indiana Ice 2 (SO)
Danny Tirone made 39 saves and stopped both attempts in the shootout to help the RoughRiders snap a three-game losing streak. Defenseman Austin Kosack scored midway through the first to put Indiana on the scoreboard, his eighth point (1g, 7a) over his last eight games. Andrew Poturalski responded two minutes later with his 10th of the season to tie the contest. Corey Petrash put the Riders ahead seven minutes into the second period, but Scott Conway tied the game in the first minute of the third period, extending his point streak to seven games and forcing overtime. After a scoreless five minutes, Dylan Steman and Charlie Curti converted their shootout attempts and Tirone turned away both Indiana shooters to earn his 10th win of the season.
Muskegon Lumberjacks 2 @ Sioux City Musketeers 4
Austin Adduono scored a pair of goals to help the Musketeers complete the weekend sweep of the Lumberjacks. Adduono netted his two goals in a span of 6:09 of the first period, giving him three goals over the weekend. Jake Montgomery made it 3-0 just over a minute into the second frame, his 13th of the season. Blake Heinrich extended the lead early in the third, but Connor Wood responded just 30 seconds later to put Muskegon on the scoreboard. Matt Iacopelli would net his 22nd goal of the year midway through the period, but that would be all the Lumberjacks would get as Collin Olson made a total of 31 saves to improve to 3-0-0 since joining the Musketeers.
Waterloo Black Hawks 6 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 4
Tyler Sheehy and Blake Winiecki each scored two goals to lead the Black Hawks to their seventh straight win. Defenseman Blake Hillman struck first for Dubuque with his first USHL goal, but Sheehy countered just 13 seconds later to even the contest. Waterloo exploded in the second period, scoring four goals over a span of 3:05. After Peter Krieger gave them the lead, the Hawks took advantage of a major penalty by Dubuque and scored three power play goals. Mark Friedman and Winiecki scored 12 seconds apart and Sheehy added his second of the night. Defenseman Alexx Privitera ended the flurry with a goal for the Saints, but Winiecki added his second of the night before the period expired. Max McHugh scored early in the third for Dubuque and Privitera added his second of the night soon after, but it was all the closer they would get as Waterloo goaltender Cal Petersen stopped 25 shots to earn his sixth consecutive victory.
Lincoln Stars 1 @ Omaha Lancers 8
Luca Frigo netted two goals as the Lancers scored eight for the second time in their last five contests. Ryan Tait started it off for Omaha midway through the first period and Frigo scored his first of the game just before the first period expired. Frigo then scored midway through the second and Gage Hough tallied his 14th of the season with only one second remaining in the period. Omaha dominated the third period with four goals – first by Nash Worden before Tucker Poolman and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson scored only 51 seconds apart. Ten seconds after that, Brandon Smith would get Lincoln on the scoreboard. Jake Randolph would close it out with his 15th goal of the season for the Lancers, and his 55th point of the season. Goaltender Hayden Hawkey stopped 21 shots to improve his season record to 9-1-0.
Tri-City Storm 6 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 4
Austin Poganski scored two goals as the Storm won for the third straight game and the fifth time over their last six contests. Poganski wasted little time in getting things started as he scored only 56 seconds after the opening faceoff. The Stampede would respond as Keith Burchett and Dennis Kravchenko scored 20 seconds apart to give them the lead, but Ryan McMurphy scored his third goal of the weekend to even the contest heading into the first intermission. Tri-City owned the second period as Poganski netted his second of the night and Chase Berger scored 34 seconds later for his second goal in as many nights. Daniel Labosky then added a shorthanded tally less than four minutes later to make it 5-2 in favor of the Storm. C.J. Franklin scored early in the third for the Stampede but Christian Horn would respond to extend his goal streak to four games for the Storm. Zeb Knutson netted his 20th of the season midway through the period for Sioux Falls, but it wasn’t enough as the Storm earned the weekend sweep.
Fargo Force 5 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 9
Tanner Karty and Ryan Galt each scored a pair as the Buccaneers exploded for a season high nine goals to improve to 5-1-1 over their last seven home games. Brendan Shane got things going for the Bucs with his third goal over the last four games just over seven minutes into the contest. Des Moines then scored four goals over the first seven minutes of the second. Galt and Karty scored 28 seconds apart before Marcel Godbout added his fourth over his last four games. Karty then tallied his second of the period. Meirs Moore would get the Force on the scoreboard less than a minute after that, but Des Moines would get two more quick ones as R.J. Burns and Jarkko Parikka scored 43 seconds apart. Later in the period, Garick Gray and John Baiocco scored 1:05 apart for the Force to make it a total of nine goals in the period. The Buccaneers scored two quick goals early in the third period as Galt tallied in the opening minute and Kevin Antipov netted a goal less than two minutes later. Fargo would get a pair in the period as Mikey Eyssimont scored his third of the weekend and Mason Morelli added his fourth of the season.
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