A recap of Friday night action in the USHL.
Team USA 4 @ Youngstown Phantoms 2
Four different players scored and goaltender Blake Weyrick made 26 saves to help Team USA snap a five-game losing streak in the USHL. Youngstown got on the scoreboard first when J.J. Piccinich netted his 20th of the season in the first period. Nolan Stevens tied it early in the second frame for the Under-18 squad. Team USA took the lead early in the third, but the Phantoms tied it just 49 seconds later on the second goal in three games for Trey Bradley. A little more than three minutes later, Jack Eichel put Team USA up for good with his 14th goal in his 13th USHL game of the season, and Sonny Milano closed it out with a late empty netter.
Indiana Ice 7 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 1
Jacob Pritchard scored a pair of goals as the Ice set a team record with their 10th consecutive road victory. Mitch Hults started things off for Indiana just 2:32 into the game before Sam Kurker netted his second goal in as many games to make it a 2-0 lead. Aidan Muir and Dwyer Tschantz scored two minutes apart early in the second period to extend the lead. Tanner Karty would get the Bucs on the board in the final minute of the period, but the night would belong to the Ice as they added three more goals in the third. Pritchard scored less than two minutes into the frame and with less than two minutes remaining, plus defenseman Joshua Jacobs scored his second goal over the last three games. Hayden Stewart made 17 saves to collect the win for the Ice.
Sioux City Musketeers 1 @ Omaha Lancers 3
Anthony Angello scored twice to lead the Lancers to their USHL-leading 15th home win of the season. Angello opened the scoring with a power play tally midway through the first before added another goal late in the period. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson made it a 3-0 lead early in the second period. After Lancers goaltender Collin Olson stopped a Musketeers penalty shot midway through the third, Sioux City finally broke through with a goal from Walterri Hopponen, his fifth over the last five games, but it wouldn’t be enough as Omaha won for the third time in their last four home contests.
Waterloo Black Hawks 3 @ Fargo Force 1
Cal Petersen backstopped the Black Hawks to their team record-tying 12th consecutive victory. A pair of defensemen got Waterloo on the scoreboard in the first period as Alec McCrea scored just seven minutes into the game and Brandon Montour added a goal late in the opening frame. Tim Lappin made it a 3-0 lead with a power play tally midway through the second. J.M. Piotrowski would break through for the Force a little more than four minutes later, but the Hawks kept their winning streak alive, outshooting Fargo 52-20 for the game. It was the 45th USHL career victory for Petersen who made 19 saves. Former Hawks goaltender Mathias Israelsson made 49 saves in the loss for Fargo.
Sioux Falls Stampede 2 @ Tri-City Storm 3 (SO)
Chris Wilkie scored twice in regulation and converted a shootout attempt to help lead the Storm to their second shootout victory of the week. Following a scoreless first period, Keith Burchett struck first for the Stampede a little over four minutes into the second frame with his 13th goal of the season. Wilkie then took over scoring early in the third before adding another to give the Storm the lead. Sioux Falls wouldn’t go away however as Tony Calderone scored in the final moments of the third to force overtime. After no scoring in overtime, the teams went to a shootout. Wilkie and Dan Labosky converted their attempts in the extra session while Hayden Lavigne stopped 4-of-5 Stampede shooters to go along with his 28 saves to earn the victory.
Green Bay Gamblers 6 @ Chicago Steel 0
Matt Weis scored a pair of goals while Jared Rutledge and Cam Hackett combined to earn a shutout as the Gamblers snapped a three-game losing streak and move into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference. It was a defensive battle early but Gavin Stoick and Weis scored just 1:14 apart late in the first period to break through for the Gamblers. They then exploded for three goals in the second period as Dawson Cook scored 23 seconds into the frame, Brent Gates, Jr. tallied midway through the frame, and Weis added his second of the night and 30th USHL career goal. Defenseman Matthew Purmal finished off the scoring midway through the third period with his second of the season. Rutledge made 19 saves before being replaced midway through the third by Hackett who then stopped three shots he faced. Rutledge would be credited with the victory, his 17th of the season.
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 1 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 6
Six different players scored a goal as the Saints picked up their fifth straight victory. Jarrid Privitera started the scoring a little under eight minutes into the contest for Dubuque before Mitch Maloney tied it eight minutes later for the Riders. Seamus Malone put the Saints back up before the period expired which also extended his goal streak to three games. It was all Dubuque after that as they scored three goals in the second period. Robby Darrar scored his second goal in as many games and Max McHugh and Jason Ford tallied goals just 17 seconds apart to make it 5-1. Defenseman Jordan Klimek then closed it out late in the third with his first USHL career goal. Benjamin Johansson stopped 19 shots to pick up his third straight victory.
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