A recap of Friday night action in the USHL.
Youngstown Phantoms 1 @ Muskegon Lumberjacks 5
Mason Jobst netted a pair of goals as the Lumberjacks extended their win streak to five games and collected their 25th victory overall. Defenseman Adam Larkin started things for the Jacks when he netted his second goal over his last three games just under seven minutes into the contest. Matt Iacopelli tallied his 36th of the season a couple minutes later to make it 2-0 heading into the first intermission. Jobst then had the lone goal of the third period before burying a shorthanded tally early in the third. Connor Wood gave Muskegon their fifth goal of the game midway through the frame before Youngstown broke up the shutout bid with a late goal by Conor Lemirande. Goaltender Eric Schiehorn finished the night with 19 saves to post his fifth straight victory for the Jacks.
Sioux City Musketeers 5 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 4 (SO)
Brock Boeser converted in the sixth round of the shootout to help the Musketeers earn points in each of their last four road games (3-0-1). Waterloo came out firing in the first period and took advantage of special teams by netting three power play goals. Defenseman Mark Friedman scored his 15th USHL career goal just over four minutes after the opening faceoff and then Patrick Russell and Tyler Sheehy added two more tallies in the final two minutes of the period. The Musketeers came alive in the second period, scoring three goals in less than six minutes of game action. Brandon Hawkins netted his 25th of the season and Cedric Lacroix scored just 28 seconds later. Jared Thomas would then tie it with his 18th goal of the season. Waterloo would regain the lead just before the period expired as Liam Pecararo tallied with only 38 ticks remaining on the clock. Sioux City would get the equalizer with just over six minutes to play as Trevor Olson scored his 25th USHL career goal to force overtime. After no scoring in the extra five minutes, the teams went to a shootout where Avery Peterson and Boeser converted for the Musketeers and Kyle Hayton stopped 5-of-6 Waterloo attempts to earn the victory. It was the 35th USHL career victory for Hayton who came on in relief to start the second period and made 30 saves the rest of the way.
Team USA 2 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 5
A natural hat trick by Andrew Poturalski helped the RoughRiders earn their 30th win of the season. The teams combined for three goals in a span of one minute in the first period. Corey Petrash scored his 20th career goal for the Riders just over 12 minutes in. Shane Gersich responded moments later for Team USA’s Under-18 squad, but Dylan Steman put the Riders back on top only 12 seconds after that. Poturalski extended the lead to two goals as he scored with only 11 seconds remaining in the period. Poturalski had the lone goal of the second and then completed his first USHL career hat trick early in the third period which also gave him 20 goals for the season. Auston Matthews tallied late for Team USA, his fourth straight game with a goal, but it wasn’t enough as the Riders earned the victory after dropping a pair to Team USA last weekend. Danny Tirone stopped 24 shots for his 21st win of the season for Cedar Rapids.
Chicago Steel 2 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 6
Tony Calderone scored a pair of goals as the Stampede earned their 30th win of the season. Calderone started things off with a power play goal early in the first. Defenseman Ed McGovern made it 2-0 midway through the second period on his 15th USHL career goal, but John Schilling would cut the lead in half three minutes later for Chicago. Robby Jackson would tie the contest early in the third as he extended his goal streak to four games, but the Stampede would explode for four goals in a span of 3:36 to close out the victory in front of 4,284 fans at Sioux Falls Arena. Jason Stephanik started the rally followed by a Eduard Simun goal 35 seconds later. Defenseman Chad Duchesne added another goal before Calderone tallied his second of the night and 50th of his USHL career to finish the big period for the Stampede. Goaltender David Jacobson made 23 saves to earn his 20th USHL career victory.
Lincoln Stars 5 @ Fargo Force 4 (OT)
Christian Lampasso scored in overtime to help the Stars snap a three-game losing streak. Dominick Sacco struck first for Lincoln a little more than five minutes in, but defenseman Neal Goff would respond for Fargo midway through the opening period. Sacco netted his second of the night exactly 10 minutes into the second before Andrew Zerban extended his goal streak to five games for the Force. John Simonson would put the Stars back on top, but Fargo would respond again as Butrus Ghafari scored his first of the season late in the frame. The teams would again trade goals midway through the third as C.J. Hayes gave Fargo the temporary lead before Biagio Lerario netted the equalizer only seven seconds later and push the game to overtime. With just over a minute left in the extra session, Lampasso would net the winner. Michael Bitzer made 27 saves to earn his 15th win of the season while Brendan Jensen had 48 stops in the loss for Fargo.
Indiana Ice 5 @ Green Bay Gamblers 2
Three unanswered goals late in the game, including a pair by Jacob Pritchard, gave the Ice their 35th win of the season. Green Bay struck first as Nick Schmaltz netted his 13th of the season with a little more than five minutes remaining in the first period. The second period belonged to the Ice as Tyler Pham scored midway through the frame and Matt Roy had a late goal to make it 2-1 heading into the second intermission. Ryan Lough would tie it only 46 seconds into the third on his 16th goal of the season which extended his point streak to five games, but Scott Conway netted his 25th of the season midway through the third to regain the lead for Indiana and Pritchard scored a pair in a span of 1:14 in the closing moments to close out the victory for the Ice. Hayden Stewart made 18 saves to extend his winning streak to 10 games.
Des Moines Buccaneers 4 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 1
A pair of newcomers had a big impact for the Buccaneers in their USHL debuts while Brendan Shane scored two goals to lead the Bucs to their first victory against Dubuque since November of 2011. Des Moines had lost each of their last seven meetings with the Saints over that span. Brendan Shane got the Bucs on the scoreboard midway through the first period, and then defenseman Nicky Wolff, who was making his USHL debut, netted his first USHL goal with only 33 seconds remaining in the frame. Karson Kuhlman got Dubuque on the board early in the second period with his fifth goal over his last six games, but that would be all the Saints would get as Des Moines added two more in the third. Shane scored his second of the night and Danny Elser tallied his 25th to close out the victory. Goaltender Leif Hertz made his USHL debut and stopped 26 shots between the pipes to earn the win for Des Moines.
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