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RECAP: Opening Night Saturday

09/26/2015, 9:15pm CDT

Team USA's Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows combined for a 4-goal night

Team USA forward Clayton Keller // Photo Courtesy Bill Paterson

September 26, 2015





2015 USHL Rookie of the Year Kieffer Bellows led Team USA with three goals on the night along with forward Clayton Keller. Bellows and Keller, both Boston University commits, combined for five goals and three assists. Fellow Boston University committed defenseman Chad Krys had two assists. Goaltender Jake Oettinger stopped 18 of 22 shots to pick up the win in net. Youngstown’s Cameron Morrison picked up his first USHL goal on the night.

Ottawa Senators goaltending prospect Joey Daccord earned his first USHL win in net after stopping 28 of 30 shots, in addition to all five shootout attempts after an overtime period wasn’t enough. Muskegon got offense from newly acquired forward Dominick Sacco and Jacob Coleman

Cedar Rapids got seven goals from seven different players: Justin Cole, Matt Filipe, John Snodgrass, Hugh McGing, Jacob Hayhurst, Luke Morgan and Ben Foley all found the back of the net in the RoughRiders home opener. Returning goaltender Ryan Larkin picked up the win after stopping 20 shots in net. Lincoln’s Ethen Frank scored his first USHL career goal, while forward Will D’Orsi added another goal after his two-goal performance the night before.

Jake Jaremko led the Steel offense with a two-goal night after being a major contributor this offseason in Chicago’s JCWC bronze medal effort. The Minnesota State University, Mankato commit is playing in his first full USHL season after playing last year with Elk River High School and the Steel. Goaltender John Lethemon stopped 23 of 24 shots to earn the victory in net. Veteran forward Tanner Laczynski also scored from a heads up play in front of the net, lifting the defender's stick to gain possession prior to freezing the goaltender. Lucas Michaud scored his first-ever USHL goal in the winning effort.

Zackarias Skog stopped 28 of 29 shots in net to earn his first career USHL victory. The Lancers Austin Alger and Nathan Krusko combined for a two-goal second period that would prove to be enough to sink the Buccaneers. 

Six different Fighting Saints scored in a 6-5 Dubuque win: Keegan Ford, Colin Theisen, Nathan Sucese, Dallas Gerads, Trey Dodd and Willie Knierim all found the back of the net. Both Sucese and Theisen scored while short-handed, but it would be Dodd’s goal with less than four minutes to play that would prove to be the game-winner. Hunter Miska earned his first USHL win in net after stopping 22 shots.

Bloomington goaltender Hayden Lavigne stopped 27 shots to pick up his first win of the season for the Thunder. Vlad Dzhioshvili had a three-point night (1g 2a) in his season debut with Bloomington. Forward Tarek Baker also had a multi-point night with two assists.

Sioux Falls Stampede players saw their Clark Cup Championship banner raised to the rafters in front of over 8,000 fans. Returning forward Parker Tuomie led the Stampede with two goals on the night, including the game-winner scored in the third period. Boston Bruins prospect Jack Becker scored his first USHL goal just six minutes into the game. Veteran forward Colin Peters also scored for Sioux Falls. Sioux City forward Eeli Tolvanen scored his first, and second USHL career goals to open the scoring for the Musketeers.





Team USA (U18) [6] at Youngstown Phantoms [4] BOX SCORE

Lincoln Stars [4] at Cedar Rapids RoughRiders [7] BOX SCORE

Team USA (U17) [1] at Chicago Steel [5] BOX SCORE

Madison Capitols [5] at Dubuque Fighting Saints [6] BOX SCORE

Omaha Lancers [2] at Des Moines Buccaneers [1] BOX SCORE

Bloomington Thunder [4] at Green Bay Gamblers [3] BOX SCORE

Muskegon Lumberjacks [3] at Waterloo Black Hawks [2] SO BOX SCORE

Sioux City Musketeers [3] at Sioux Falls Stampede [5] BOX SCORE


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16.  A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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