A recap of Friday night action in the USHL.
Waterloo Black Hawks 2 @ Indiana Ice 6
Brian Pinho scored a pair of goals as the Ice won a matchup between a pair of the USHLs top teams. Indiana took control of the game early as they scored three goals in the first period. Defenseman Ryan Mantha netted his second since joining the team before Scott Conway and Aidan Muir both tallied goals in the final minute of the opening period. Pinho scored midway through the first to extend the lead, but Waterloo would respond only 34 seconds later when Zach Sanford tallied his 15th goal of the season. The lead went back up to four when defenseman Timothy Shoup scored moments later. Peter Krieger netted his 19th of the season early in the third but it wasn’t enough for a Waterloo comeback as Pinho scored shorthanded with just over seven minutes remaining to seal the win. Jason Pawloski made 36 saves to record his 23rd victory of the season for the Ice.
Des Moines Buccaneers 4 @ Muskegon Lumberjacks 5 (OT)
Cooper Marody scored twice, including the overtime-winner, to help the Lumberjacks overcome a four-goal deficit and snap a three-game losing streak. Des Moines got on the scoreboard midway through the first period when Paul Fregeau netted his first USHL goal. The Bucs then exploded early in the second period as Danny Elser scored twice in a span of 1:44 and Willem Nong-Lambert made it 4-0 less than a minute later. Trevor Morbeck would get Muskegon on the board moments later to cut the lead to three goals headed into the second intermission. The Lumberjacks fought back in the third when Matt Iacopelli scored two goals and Marody tallied 12 seconds after Iacopelli’s second to tie the contest and force overtime. The first goal for Iacopelli extended his goal streak to six games and his second was his USHL-leading 35th of the season. Marody then played hero when he netted the winner with 1:37 remaining in the extra session and complete the dramatic comeback. Eric Schierhorn came on in relief during the second period and stopped all 25 shots he faced from there to earn the victory for the Lumberjacks.
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 5 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2
Dylan Steman netted two goals as the Riders won for the fifth time in their last six road games. Brenna Sanford started things early for Cedar Rapids when he scored his fourth of the season just over three minutes after the opening faceoff. The lead was extended early in the second as Steman and Mark Auk tallied goals 1:04 apart. Sioux City began to mount a comeback when Brandon Hawkins scored his 24th goal late in the second period and then Brock Boeser scored his first USHL goal in the third period while making his debut with the Musketeers. The Riders would put it away however as Andrew Gaus and Steman both tallied late to earn the 29th win of the season for their club. Danny Tirone made 30 saves to collect his 20th victory of the season.
Omaha Lancers 4 @ Green Bay Gamblers 1
Three goals in the third period led the Lancers to their 15th road win of the season and help them move into sole possession of first place in the Western Conference standings. Defenseman Jimmy Schuldt struck first for Omaha when he tallied his fifth goal of the season exactly three minutes into the contest. Green Bay would tie it up early in the third when Matt Weis scored his 18th of the season. The Lancers would take over in the third period as defenseman Tucker Poolman scored his fourth goal over his last five games and defenseman Matt Nelson tallied a little more than a minute later. Gage Hough then added an empty net goal in the closing moments to seal the victory. Hayden Hawkey stopped 38 shots on the way to picking up his 18th win of the season and has now allowed just two goals total over his last four starts.
Tri-City Storm 3 @ Lincoln Stars 5
Magnus Hoff scored two goals as the Stars completed the comeback and improve to 3-2-2 in the season series with Tri-City. Hoff got Lincoln on the scoreboard midway through the first period with a power play tally. The Storm would respond in a big way however, as Austin Poganski and Nick Hutchison both scored shorthanded on the same penalty kill and Daniel Labosky made it a three-goal period for Tri-City when he netted his sixth of the season later in the frame. The Lincoln comeback would start early in the second when Brandon Smith extended his goal streak to five straight games. Dominick Sacco and Hoff then scored exactly three minutes apart in the third period and John Simonson netted his 19th of the season in the final minute of play to seal the win for the Stars. Michael Bitzer made 29 saves to earn his fifth victory over his last six starts and post the 35th win of his USHL career.
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