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Week 26 Recap: Friday

03/19/2016, 11:15am CDT

Cedar Rapids clinches the first Clark Cup Playoffs spot in the league, Ben Blacker wins number 30, Jeremy Davies takes over defensemen scoring lead and Pitlick dishes out three points.

Photo By Dan Hickling/Hickling Images




Cedar Rapids became the first team to clinch a Clark Cup Playoffs spot after defeating in-state rival Dubuque 2-1. Goaltender Ben Blacker stopped 23 of 24 shots for his 30th win this season. Cal Burke picked up the game-winning goal after being credited with an assist earlier in the game. Burke has 37 points in 48 games this season including four game-winning goals. Hugh McGing scored his 20th goal this season.


Logan Lambdin led the Bloomington offense to a 6-2 win. The Michigan State University commit scored twice, his 25th and 26th this season. Goaltender Logan Halladay picked up his eighth win of the year stopping 28 of 30 shots. Three different players were credited with a goal and assist on the night: Wyatt Kalynuk, Vladislav Dzhioshvili and Jake Slaker. Slaker has scored goals in four consecutive games. Jeremy Davies dished out two assists and now leads all USHL defensemen in scoring.


Six different Storm players scored in a 6-3 win. Defenseman Reilly Walsh scored a goal and assist in his Tri-City debut, while Paul Washe, Carson Meyer, Jake Wahlin, Brandon Duhaime and Ben Taylor all added goals. Taylor’s goal was also his first career USHL goal. Duhaime and Walker Duehr finished the night with three points. After the win, goaltender Jake Kielly is just one shy of the 20-win mark.


Fargo goaltender Robbie Beydoun stopped all 25 shots he faced for his seventh win and second shutout of the year. Niko Hildenbrand scored the game’s first goal, while Will Graber added an empty-netter in the third period. Denis Smirnov picked up his 30th assist on the year, and now has 54 points on the year. The Penn State University commit is fourth in USHL scoring.


Zach Yon scored twice in a 4-1 win, just one night after head coach P.K. O’Handley became the first coach in USHL history reach 600 career wins. Yon has nine points in 14 games with Waterloo since being acquired at the trade deadline. Cale Morris stopped 18 of 19 to improve to 17-9-1-2 on the year. Sam McCormick dished out two assists in the win and is now ranked ninth in USHL scoring.


Defenseman David Farrance led the offense for Team USA (U17) with a three-point night including two goals. It was the second multi-point game this season for Farrance, and first career multi-goal game. Forwards Logan Cockeril, Logan Hutsko and Keenan Suthers all added goals. Goaltender Dylan St. Cyr stopped 26 shots for his fourth win of the year.


After becoming just the fourth player in Tier 1 history to reach 40 goals in one season, Rem Pitlick dished out three assists in a 3-2 Muskegon win. Pitlick now leads the USHL in scoring with 76 points, 18 points more than second place. Dallas Stars prospect Matej Paulovic had a two-point night, including his third game-winning goal this season. Rookie Collin Adams has continued his hot streak, scoring a goal and assist in the win. Adams is now one point shy of the scoring lead for USHL rookies with 51 points. Ottawa Senators prospect Joey Daccord stopped 32 of 34 shots for his 18th win of the year.


Madison has had an up and down season this year, but they were able to pick up a big shootout win Friday. The Capitols won the Cheese Cup, awarded to the best head-to-head team in the state of Wisconsin, after defeating the Gamblers 4-3. Goaltender Ryan Edquist made 39 saves for his ninth win of the year. Marshall Moise scored a goal and assist, leading Madison’s offense in the victory. Moise has scored two shorthanded games in the last three games.




Sioux Falls Stampede [3] at Team USA (U17) [5] BOXSCORE

Youngstown Phantoms [2] at Muskegon Lumberjacks [3] BOXSCORE

Lincoln Stars [2] at Bloomington Thunder [6] BOXSCORE

Dubuque Fighting Saints [1] at Cedar Rapids [2] BOXSCORE

Tri-City Storm [6] at Des Moines Buccaneers [3] BOXSCORE

Fargo Force [2] at Sioux City Musketeers [0] BOXSCORE

Waterloo Black Hawks [4] at Chicago Steel [1] BOXSCORE

Green Bay Gamblers [3] at Madison Capitols [4] SO 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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