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USHL Saturday Recap

02/08/2014, 10:00pm CST
By bwerger

A recap of Saturday night action in the USHL.

Youngstown Phantoms 0 @ Indiana Ice 3

Hayden Stewart stopped all 17 shots he faced to record the shutout and lead the Ice to their fourth straight win on home ice.  Indiana scored a goal in each period, which was started with a shorthanded tally by Brian Pinho midway through the first period.  Tyler Pham netted his 20th USHL career goal in the second period and Sam Kurker scored his second goal of the season in the third period to round out the scoring.  With the victory, Stewart improved to 4-0-0 since joining in the Ice and it was his 15th USHL career win.



Tri-City Storm 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 5

Brandon Hawkins scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, to lead the Musketeers to their 25th victory of the season.  Joe Snively started the scoring late in the first with his second goal in as many nights for the Musketeers, but the Storm responded just before intermission as Dan Labosky scored with only 26 ticks remaining on the clock.  Tri-City took control in the second period as Ryan McMurphy netted his 10th of the season and Kyle Eastman scored shorthanded.  Sioux City quickly got back into the contest as Garret Cockerill scored in his debut with the team and Hawkins scored just 30 seconds later to tie the contest.  Hawkins then gave the Musketeers the lead seven minutes into the third and Sam Saliba added an insurance goal to secure the win.  Kyle Hayton made 21 saves to collect his 19th win of the year while Jacob Johansson had 41 saves in the loss.



Fargo Force 0 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 7

Ryan Ruck turned away all 28 shots he faced for his first USHL shutout and help the Bucs snap a four-game winless skid (0-3-1).  Ruslan Rakhmatov started the scoring late in the first period for Des Moines before the team exploded for six goals in the second frame.  Ryan Galt scored 28 seconds into the period, followed by three tallies in a span of less than three minutes as Tanner Karty, Jarkko Parikka, and Brendan Shane all scored.  Patrick Grasso added a tally later in the period and Danny Elser netted a goal with just 17 seconds remaining before the second intermission.  Ruck made 14 of his saves in the second period alone on the way to collecting his 10th win of the season.



Waterloo Black Hawks 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 3 (OT)

Karson Kuhlman scored the winner with just nine seconds remaining in overtime as the Saints won for the ninth time in the last ten games.  Dubuque wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard as defenseman Phil Boje netted a goal just 34 seconds after the opening faceoff.  Waterloo tied it just under seven minutes into the second as Liam Pecararo tallied his third goal of the weekend, but Dubuque regained the lead late in the period as Shane Eiserman scored his 10th of the season.  The Saints appeared to be on their way to victory in regulation but Waterloo pulled their goaltender favor of the extra attacker and Blake Winiecki netted the equalizer with just five seconds remaining to force overtime.  Kuhlman then played hero as he tallied his third goal over the last four games and 16th overall for the season to secure the win.  Kevin Reich made a season high 44 saves to earn the victory and halt the winning streak for Waterloo at 16 games.



Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 2 @ Green Bay Gamblers 1 (SO)

Andrew Poturalski scored the deciding shootout tally as the RoughRiders improved to 5-0-1 over their last six contests.  Mitch Maloney started things for Cedar Rapids as he tallied his third goal over the last four games just under eight minutes into the contest.  Green Bay responded a little more than four minutes later as Matt Weis netted his 13th of the season.  There would be no more scoring the rest of the way as it was a defensive battle and goaltending duel between Danny Tirone of Cedar Rapids and Jared Rutledge of Green Bay.  The game would eventually end up in a shootout and Alex Marsh and Poturalski converted their attempts while Tirone stopped 2-of-3 attempts by the Gamblers to secure the win.  Tirone made 18 saves as he earned his 17th win of the season and Rutledge stopped 26 shots in the loss.



Lincoln Stars 3 @ Omaha Lancers 7

Ryan Tait scored a pair of goals to lead the Lancers to their 30th victory of the season and League-leading 18th on home ice.  Lincoln struck first as Max Humitz netted his second goal in as many nights, but Omaha responded just one minute later as Jake Randolph tallied his 19th of the season.  The Lancers then scored two more goals in less than two and half minutes as Tait and Tyler Vesel made it a 3-1 score.  Defenseman Zach Frye cut the lead to one as he scored for Lincoln in the final minute of the opeing frame.  Tait added his second of the night midway through the second period.  Omaha put it away in the third as Brian Williams scored his second goal in as many nights, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson netted a goal 1:07 later, and Luca Frigo buried a shorthanded tally.  John Simonson extended his goal streak to three games late in the period, but it wasn’t enough for Lincoln.  Hayden Hawkey made 23 saves to record his 15th win of the season.



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