A recap of Friday night action in the USHL.
Muskegon Lumberjacks 3 @ Team USA 2
Defenseman Janik Moeser scored the game-winner as the Lumberjacks improved to 4-3-0 on their current eight-game road stretch. Defenseman Daniel Willett started the scoring late in the first period when he netted his first goal in a Muskegon uniform. Midway through the second, the Lumberjacks went up 2-0 as Chase Hatcher scored his first USHL goal while making his debut in the League. Ryan Hitchcock cut the lead in half with a little more than six minutes remaining in the contest, but Moeser put Muskegon back up by two goals only 42 seconds later. Team USA would get a late goal from Dylan Larkin, his 10th of the season, but it wouldn’t be enough as goaltender Eric Schierhorn made 20 saves to pick up his 10th win of the season for the Jacks.
Waterloo Black Hawks 4 @ Youngstown Phantoms 3
Mark Friedman scored his third goal over the last five games to help the Black Hawks to their 10th consecutive victory and give head coach P.K. O’Handley a record-tying 529th career USHL win. Waterloo took advantage of the power in the first period as Brandon Montour scored less than three minutes into the contest and Patrick Russell netted his fourth goal over his last four games eight minutes later. Peter Krieger put the Hawks up 3-0 with an early goal in the second frame, but the Phantoms would battle back as Tommy Parran scored his first USHL goal and Kiefer Sherwood tallied less than four minutes later. Friedman scored in the early moments of the third period to put the lead back up to two goals before Parran potted his second of the night. It would be all the Phantoms would get as goaltender Cal Petersen made 17 stops to collect his 20th win of the season for Waterloo.
Tri-City Storm 1 @ Omaha Lancers 4
Four different players scored a goal as the Lancers earned their third straight win and 14th home victory of the year, tying for the League lead. Brian Williams struck first when he scored midway through the first for Omaha. Defenseman Nash Worden then made it 2-0 with his third goal over the last five games in the second period, but Garrett Gamez cut the lead in half with only two minutes remaining in the frame. The Lancers would finish off their 26th victory of the year when Ryan Tait scored early in the third and Jake Randolph added an empty netter, his 30th USHL career goal, in the final moments. Omaha goaltender Hayden Hawkey made 21 saves to earn his fourth straight victory.
Indiana Ice 2 @ Fargo Force 0
Goaltender Jason Pawloski posted his second shutout of the season as the Ice collected their 20th victory of the year. Jason Salvaggio put the Ice on the scoreboard midway through the first period. There would be no more scoring until Dwyer Tschantz tallied seven minutes into the third period. The Ice outshot Fargo 36-12 in the contest and Pawloski stopped all 12 shots he faced to earn his 18th victory of the season and give Indiana their seventh consecutive win on the road. Brendan Jensen made 34 saves in the loss for Fargo.
Dubuque Fighting Saints 3 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 2
The third goal over the last four games for Max McHugh was the game-winner as Dubuque earned their third straight win and 20th victory of the season. Karson Kuhlman struck first for the Saints when he scored late in the first period, his fourth goal over the last three games. After missing more than a month due to injury Willem Nong-Lambert scored a goal early in the second for Des Moines. Seamus Malone put Dubuque back up eight minutes into the period, but the Bucs would tie it on the 10th goal of the season from Tanner Karty less than four minutes later. McHugh then tallied the winner only 38 seconds into the third period. Benjamin Johansson made 28 saves to record the win for Dubuque while Billy Christopoulos made 42 saves in the loss for Des Moines.
Sioux City Musketeers 1 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 0 (OT)
Jake Montgomery scored in overtime and Kyle Hayton posted the first shutout of his USHL career to help the Musketeers snap a three-game winless skid (0-2-1). Both Hayton and Sioux Falls goaltender Art Brey were stellar as they both didn’t allow a goal through three periods. Montgomery then tallied the win just 58 seconds into the extra session, his League-leading fifth game-winner of the season and his 30th USHL career goal. Hayton stopped all 32 shots that came his way to get the shutout and his 30th career win in a Musketeers uniform.
Green Bay Gamblers 3 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 4
Mitch Maloney scored a pair of goals as the RoughRiders won for the fourth time in their last five games. Cedar Rapids jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Alec Marsh netted a goal six minutes into the game and Maloney tallied his first of the night late in the period. Connor Hurley scored for the Gamblers just before the period expired, extending his point streak to five games. Matt Weis would even the contest with the only goal of the second period and Nick Schmaltz then gave Green Bay the lead midway through the third with his ninth goal of the year. Maloney tied it with his second of the evening and defenseman Mark Auk then scored the winner with less than two minutes remaining in the third to give the Riders their third straight home victory. Danny Tirone made 22 saves to record the win while Jared Rutledge had 40 saves in the loss for the Gamblers.
Chicago Steel 4 @ Lincoln Stars 3 (SO)
Robby Jackson scored a pair of goals in regulation while Artem Artemov and Brady Jones converted in the shootout to help the Steel collect the win and earn points for the sixth consecutive game (5-0-1). Biagio Lerario scored less than five minutes into the contest for Lincoln, tallying a goal against his former club, and Christian Lampasson made it 2-0 with his 20th USHL career goal. Lincoln went up by three midway through the second period when Thomas Carey scored his second goal over his last three contests, but Chicago wouldn’t fold as Jackson scored four minutes later. The Steel would tie the game early in the third as C.J. Smith tallied his 15th of the season and Jackson added his second of the night only two minutes later. Following a scoreless overtime, the game went to a shootout where Artemov and Jones scored for Chicago and goaltender Cale Morris stopped both Lincoln attempts to go along with his 35 saves to collect the win. It was the ninth time this season that Lincoln has gone to a shootout.
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