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It was an emotional night in Fargo. The Force came out in the second period and scored off a beautiful between the legs deflection courtesy of Grant Meyer. The goal would stand as the game’s only tally. Goaltenders Ryan Wischow and Robbie Beydoun combined for a 42-save shutout, splitting time in net. Forward Denis Smirnov continued his career season with another assist, his 52nd point in 49 games. Fargo is now one point shy of third place, and has a two-point lead for playoff position in fourth.
Lincoln got the best of Cedar Rapids in a 3-2 shootout. Dominick Mersch and Dylan Woolf scored the two goals for the Stars, back-to-back in the second period to tie the game. Cedar Rapids forward Ross Colton scored twice, becoming the fourth RoughRiders player to reach 30 goals. Colton is five goals shy of setting a team single season scoring record for goals. Ethen Frank scored the shootout winner, giving goaltender Peyton Jones his 17th win of the year. With the two points, Lincoln leapfrogged Tri-City for first in the Western Conference.
Bloomington goaltender Hayden Lavigne posted his fourth shutout of the year and seventh consecutive win in net. Lavigne played just 24 hours after picking up his 23rd win of the year the night prior. The Thunder continue to distance themselves from the pack, and are now tied for second in the Eastern Conference with a nine-point lead for a playoff spot. Jake Slaker led Bloomington’s offense with a pair of goals, his 16th and 17th on the year.
12 different Green Bay Gamblers scored in a 6-1 win, including four players with multi-point nights. Goaltender Adam Huska stopped 22 of 23 shots to improve his league-leading 1.79 GAA and .934 SV%. Huska is now 21-7-2-0 on the year. Christopher Grando and Ryan Blankemeier each scored two goals. Ryan Smith and Jared Spooner each dished out two assists on the night. NHL Draft defenseman prospect Andrew Peeke was credited with an assist and +2 rating. The Parkland, FL native has 22 points in 45 games with a +8 rating on the year.
Waterloo goaltender Cale Morris stopped all 28 shots he faced for his second shutout this season. Since last year when he was acquired in a mid-season trade, Morris has posted six shutouts, tying a Black Hawks career record. Georgs Golovkovs led the Waterloo offense with a goal and assist, while Ryan Lohin scored his first career goal with the Black Hawks. Lohin scored the game’s opening goal in the first period, as it stood to be the game-winning goal.
Team USA scored three consecutive goals to force Tri-City to overtime. Kieffer Bellows factored on all three goals, scoring his 15th goal of the year in addition to two assists. Bellows has 30 points in 19 games this season. Defenseman Chad Krys scored his second USHL goal of the year in overtime to win the game, after assisting on Bellows’ second period goal. Goaltender Jake Oettinger improved to 11-2-0-0 with a .921 SV% after stopping 31 shots.
USHL scoring leader Rem Pitlick scored twice in the first period and added an assist before the night was done. Pitlick now has 35 goals in 45 games, and 66 points. Pitlick’s three-point night set a single season scoring record for the Lumberjacks, while Matej Paulovic’s two assists tied the all-time scoring record for Muskegon. Paulovic reached 100 career USHL points on the night, and added one more assist. Rookie Collin Adams added two more assists to reach 47 points on the year. Adams is chasing Younsgtown’s Cameron Morrison for the USHL rookie scoring lead, and is now just four points behind. Goaltender Devin Cooley earned his fourth win of the year.
Madison goaltender Ryan Edquist stopped 31 of 32 shots for his seventh win of the season. The Lakeville, MN native has an impressive .912 SV% in his first USHL season. Edquist is 1-1-0-0 with a 1.73 GAA and .938 SV% in the month of March. Marshall Moise scored his first goal with the Capitols, a game-winner. Marcel Godbout scored his 19th goal of the year. The uncommitted forward has 14 points in 22 games with Madison this season.
Austen Long scored his first career hat trick in a 5-1 Chicago Steel win. Jake Jaremko and Christiano Versich each added goals, while defenseman Ruslan Rakhmatov dished out two assists. Boston Bruins goaltending prospect Daniel Vladar earned his eighth win of the year stopping 17 of 18 shots. Vladar has a .924 SV% and 2.14 GAA on the year.
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Des Moines Buccaneers  at Fargo Force  BOXSCORE
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders  at Lincoln Stars  SO BOXSCORE
Sioux Falls Stampede  at Madison Capitols  BOXSCORE
Green Bay Gamblers  at Omaha Lancers  BOXSCORE
Dubuque Fighting Saints  at Waterloo Black Hawks  BOXSCORE
Team USA (U17)  at Chicago Steel  BOXSCORE
Team USA (U18)  at Tri-City Storm  OT BOXSCORE
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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