A recap of Friday action in the USHL.
Team USA 3 @ Youngstown Phantoms 7
Two goals each for Luke Stork and Maxim Letunov propelled the Phantoms to a victory in their annual “School Day Game”. Stork started things off with a pair of power play tallies in the first period and then defenseman Connor Moore scored while making his USHL debut for the Phantoms. The lead was extended in the second period when Kyle Connor netted his 24th of the season and Letunov scored midway through the period. Christian Fischer would eventually get Team USA’s Under-17 squad on the board, but 18 seconds later, Cameron Smith scored his first USHL goal for the Phantoms. Letunov tallied his second of the night early in the third to help Youngstown equal a season high in goals. Matt Tkachuk and Zach Werenski, his fourth over the last three games, both scored late for Team USA but it wasn’t enough as the game belonged to the Phantoms. Sean Romeo made 39 saves to earn the win.
Indiana Ice 5 @ Muskegon Lumberjacks 0
Hayden Stewart stopped all 15 shots he faced to record his fifth shutout of the season and earn his 11th straight victory for the Ice. Indiana jumped out early when Jacob Pritchard scored just over two minutes into the contest, his third goal over the last three games, and then Scott Conway netted his 26th of the season midway through the period. Dwyer Tschantz added his 21st of the season just before the period expired. The Ice took advantage of special teams in the second as Jason Salvaggio and Patrick Newell both tallied power play goals in a span of 3:14. Stewart did the rest of the work, making nine of his 15 saves in the third period. Conway finished the night with four points (1g, 3a) as the Ice pushed their winning streak to five games.
Sioux Falls Stampede 7 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1
C.J. Franklin scored a pair of goals as the Stampede collected their fourth consecutive victory. Defenseman Ed McGovern started things off with a goal less than seven minutes into the game for Sioux Falls before teammate Dakota Joshua netted his fourth over his last three games a few moments later. Sioux Falls then exploded for five goals in the second period. Christian Horn, Tony Calderone, and Zeb Knutson all scored goals in a span of two minutes before Franklin netted his two goals in a span of 1:21. Jake Montgomery would score early in the third for Sioux City to break up the shutout. Art Brey made 28 saves to post his 15th win of the season for the Stampede.
Des Moines Buccaneers 4 @ Lincoln Stars 7
The Stars scored four goals in the third period on the way to picking up their third straight win. Jared Bethune got Lincoln on the scoreboard early, netting his second goal in three games less than three minutes into the contest, before John Simonson added his fourth over the last three games for the Stars. Michael Marnell got Des Moines on the board late in the second but Tom Marchin responded three minutes later for Lincoln. The third period was wild as the teams combined for seven goals. Zach Frye scored shorthanded only 41 seconds into the frame for the Stars and David Parrottino extended the lead a little more than two minutes later. Des Moines would make a charge as Jack Jenskins and Oskar Norlov scored in a span of two minutes, but Keegan Ward would net his first USHL goal for Lincoln only moments later. Defenseman Corey Schueneman tallied a goal late for the Bucs, but Biagio Lerario would seal it with a late goal for Lincoln.
Fargo Force 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 1
Two goals in the third period and 40 saves by Brendan Jensen led Fargo to their third win over their last four road contests. Blake Winiecki gave Waterloo the lead midway through the first with his 22nd of the season. It was a goaltending duel from there as neither team scored in the second period as Jensen and Waterloo goaltender Cal Petersen combined for 24 saves in the frame. Defenseman Teemu Kivihalme would tie the game six minutes into the third period and Tyler Hynes would net the winner less than four minutes later, his 10th goal in 17 games since being acquired by the Force. It was the 29th USHL career win for Jensen.
Omaha Lancers 3 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 2
Luca Frigo netted the game-winner as the Lancers earned their 37th win of the season. Andrew Oglevie struck first for Cedar Rapids, scoring midway through the opening frame to extend his point streak to five games (2g, 5a). Omaha took control in the second period as both defenseman Niklas Folin and Anthony Angello scored their second goals over their last three games. Frederik Tiffels tied the contest early in the third and extended his point streak to five games (2g, 5a), but Frigo would net the winner just 13 seconds later, his sixth game-winner of the season. Hayden Hawkey made 25 saves to collect his 21st win of the season for Omaha.
Green Bay Gamblers 1 @ Tri-City Storm 2
Dan Labosky scored the winner late in the third period as the Storm snapped a seven-game winless skid (0-6-1). Following a scoreless first period, Jake Linhart put Green Bay on the scoreboard just over two minutes into the second. The Storm would tie it just before the second period expired as Chris Wilkie scored his 16th with only 30 seconds remaining in the frame. The game was approaching overtime but Labosky scored the winner with less than two minutes remaining in regulation to give the Storm the victory. Hayden Lavigne made 36 saves to earn the win while Cam Hackett had 22 stops in the loss.
Dubuque Fighting Saints 4 @ Chicago Steel 1
Max McHugh scored a pair of goals as the Saints earned their 31st win of the season. Brett Boeing started things early for Dubuque, scoring 2:32 after the opening faceoff. McHugh then made it 2-0 early in the second period. John Ernsting would cut the lead in half midway through the third with his 11th of the season for Chicago, but McHugh would tally his second of the night moments later, his third goal in two games, and Alexx Privitera added his 10th of the season late in the contest to seal the victory. Kevin Reich made 41 saves to post his 10th win of the season while Cale Morris had 39 saves in the loss.
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