Des Moines 6 vs. Lincoln 1
The Buccaneers and Stars kicked off the USHL Fall Classic on Wednesday afternoon, and Des Moines scored the first five goals of the game in the win. The Buccaneers scored three goals in the opening period courtesy of Eric Otto, Christopher Berger and Nick Leitner. Joey Kubachka, Colin Rutherford and Reed Lebster also scored for Dave Allison’s club in the win. Ethan Frank netted his first of the preseason late in the second period for Lincoln. All six goals scored by Des Moines were each player's first of the preseason. Goaltender Jan Ruzicka stopped all but one of the 16 shots he faced to earn the victory between the pipes.
Sioux Falls 5 vs. Fargo 4 (OT)
It was a fitting matchup between the Stampede and Force who battled down the stretch for the final Clark Cup playoff spot in the Western Conference last season. The two teams battled in a back and forth game entertaining scouts in the second game of the day. University of Minnesota commit Clayton Phillips opened the scoring for Fargo on the power play, but Josh Passolt and Bowling Green State University commit Justin Wells scored the first two goals of the second period to give the Stampede the edge. Both teams would then score two goals in a row – Martin Sundberg and Connor Brodzinski for Fargo, and Vitaliy Novytskyy and Jaxon Nelson for Sioux Falls. Veteran forward Christiano Versich lit the lamp with just 57 seconds remaining to tie the game for Fargo. Versich was impressive all game, driving the play for Fargo with four shots on net. The two teams went to overtime where Lean Bergmann tallied his first of the preseason on the power. Joe Marcoullierand and Matthew Murray split time between the pipes for Fargo, while Lukas Kania played all 62:02 of the game and earned the win for Sioux Falls.
Waterloo 3 vs. Sioux City 1
The Black Hawks scored three second period goals to take down the Musketeers. After a scoreless first period the Black Hawks dominated the middle frame, scoring three times and outshooting the Muskies 15-4. Returning Waterloo center Shane Bowers picked up two goals, while Bailey Conger added his first of the preseason. Chase Pilawski, Mikey Anderson and 2016 Chicago Blackhawks draft pick Jake Ryczek added assists in the win. Both goalies were solid in net, as Ryan Ferland stopped 29 of 32 shots for Sioux City while veteran goaltender Robbie Beydoun picked up the win for the Black Hawks. Beydoun stopped 24 of 25 shots on the night.
Tri-City 5 vs. Omaha 3
In the third intra-state matchup of the day at the USHL Fall Classic West, the Omaha Lancers and Tri-City Storm played a back-and-forth exciting game that saw the Storm score a trio of goals in the third period to earn the victory. Pierce Crawford scored his first goal of the preseason 4:20 into the game to give the Lancers a 1-0 lead after one period of play. Michael Joyaux doubled the Omaha lead midway through the second before the defending Clark Cup Champions scored two goals in 2:50 to even the game after 40 minutes. Linus Weissbach cut the lead in half with a power play goal at 13:33 and rookie forward Wyllum Deveaux tied the game at 16:23. The teams would trade one goal each in the third – University of Denver commit Adam Goodsir for Tri-City and University of Michigan commit Jack Randl for Omaha – before Charlie Kelleher, a University of New Hampshire commit, picked up the game winner with just 4:38 remaining in regulation. Storm goaltender Dayton Rasmussen stopped 15 of 18 shots in the win.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 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.