A recap of Friday night playoff action in the USHL.
Dubuque Fighting Saints 1 @ Indiana Ice 4
(Indiana leads series 1-0)
Four different players netted a goal as the Ice took Game One in the Eastern Conference Final series against the Saints. Dubuque struck first as Robby Darrar scored his USHL-leading fifth goal of the playoffs less than two minutes after the opening faceoff. Jacob Pritchard pulled Indiana even later in the period with his first USHL career playoff tally. The Ice would take the lead late in the second period as Scott Conway took advantage of a power play opportunity and scored his first of the playoffs. Early in the third period, Brian Pinho made it 3-1 in favor of Indiana with his first playoff goal and then Denis Smirnov closed out the game with his second goal of the playoffs for the Ice. Jason Pawloski made 22 saves to post his third win of the postseason while Kevin Reich had 24 stops in the loss. The teams return to action on Saturday for Game Two in Indiana.
Sioux City Musketeers 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3
(Waterloo leads series 1-0)
Patrick Russell scored the game-winner as the Black Hawks won Game One in the Western Conference Final series against the Musketeers. Sioux City struck first as Avery Peterson tallied his fourth of the playoffs less than five minutes into the game. Waterloo would even it later in the period as Drew Melanson scored his third of the postseason. Tyler Sheehy gave the Hawks a lead late in the second period, extending his goal streak to three games in the playoffs. Waterloo would then go up by two goals as Russell scored midway through the third, but Sioux City would have a quick response as Trevor Olson scored just 40 seconds later. It would be all the closer they could get however as Cal Petersen made 12 of his 31 saves in the third period to earn his fourth consecutive victory of the playoffs for Waterloo. Kyle Hayton had 33 saves in the loss for Sioux City. The teams now get set for Game Two on Saturday in Waterloo.
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